Carroll hopes Harvin is ready to go

RENTON, Wash. – Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday he expects receiver Percy Harvin to return to practice this week with hopes of playing on Sunday in San Francisco.

“I’ve already heard from the trainers [Tuesday] morning,” Carroll said on his 710 ESPN Seattle radio show. “Percy came in jacked up. He had a little procedure done last week that made a difference.

“So, I’m going to always err on the optimistic side. But he feels really good and we’re looking forward to a really good week and see what happens.”

Carroll did not elaborate on the procedure Harvin had last week.

Harvin had major hip surgery Aug. 1 to repair a torn labrum. He made his season debut two weeks ago against Minnesota, his former team. Harvin had a 58-yard kickoff return and an impressive fingertip catch on a 17-yard pass.

But Harvin experienced soreness in his hip afterward and did not play Monday night against the New Orleans Saints.

“It was the load of the [Minnesota] game that hit that repaired area,” Carroll said. “There are no issues. Nothing is re-injured. It just took him a couple of weeks to get back from it. He’ll have an easy day [Wednesday] and will get all the way to Thursday before we really get him going.

“He wants to play so bad. There’s nobody that wants to get out there more than he does. He’ll do everything he can possibly do toward that. It’s been frustrating, but he’s going to pop out of this thing.”