Percy Harvin will have hip surgery on Thursday, sidelining the dynamic wide receiver for the start of his first season with the Seattle Seahawks.
Harvin made the announcement on his Twitter account on Tuesday night, hours after getting a second opinion on the injury in New York. The Seahawks then said the operation was scheduled for Thursday.
Harvin was seeking more information for soreness in his hip, in the area of his labrum, that popped up just before the Seahawks opened training camp.
“When everything is goin good sometimes life throw u a curve ball... sorry to half to report that my injury will require surgery,” Harvin wrote on his Twitter page. “Nobody was more anxious and excited about season then....but I will be back strong as ever.”
Seattle coach Pete Carroll has not indicated which hip is bothering Harvin. He said earlier in the day that the team was still gathering information about Harvin’s second opinion.
Harvin started training camp on the physically unable to perform list and likely will remain there until the team has a better idea of his recovery time. If Harvin starts the season on the PUP list he must miss the first six weeks and would have to return to practice by the end of Week 11 to avoid missing the entire season.
The loss of Harvin is significant, but not a huge setback for a team that relies on the legs of Marshawn Lynch and timely passing by Russell Wilson to drive its offense. Seattle invested significantly in Harvin, giving up draft picks to acquire him from Minnesota and signing him to a six-year deal reportedly worth up to $67 million.
But Seattle’s offense averaged 32.9 points over the final nine games of last season without Harvin.
If the Seahawks need a timeline of how the recovery might go, they only need to look at fellow Seattle receiver Sidney Rice, who underwent hip surgery in August 2010, and then returned to action in Week 11 after missing the first 2½ months of the season.
Colts put McKinney on IR
Indianapolis Colts tackle Brandon McKinney was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, costing the team one big piece of its rebuilt defensive line.
The 345-pound McKinney was lost one day after coach Chuck Pagano said he had swelling in his surgically-repaired left knee. McKinney spent all of last season on injured reserve, too, after injuring the knee during a preseason game.
To replace McKinney, the Colts pulled linebacker C.O. Prime off of waivers. Prime had been waived earlier to make room for another linebacker, Josh McNary, who was cleared to start practicing after serving a two-year stint in the U.S. Army.
McKinney watched the afternoon practice but did not participate, and Pagano did not take questions following the afternoon practice to explain why the decision was made.
“He had swelling in his knee, something that hasn’t happened because he was doing great,” Pagano said in explaining why McKinney did not practice Monday morning. “He had a little bit of swelling so we just held him out.”
It was a tough day for the Colts, who also saw rookie offensive lineman Khaled Holmes carted off the field with a right ankle injury. The severity of that injury isn’t known, but the fourth-round draft pick was expected to compete for playing time at center and guard. He blocked for former Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley in high school and college.
Backup linebacker Scott Lutrus (knee) and safety Sergio Brown (hamstring) also left the afternoon practice early. And two-time Pro Bowl safety Antoine Bethea took the day off to attend the birth of his daughter.
Reed not making promises
Safety Ed Reed isn’t making any promises that he’ll be ready to go Sept. 9 against San Diego.
Houston’s biggest offseason acquisition spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since he started training camp on the physically unable to perform list after surgery to repair a partly torn labrum on April 30.
“I can tell you that it is close, but I can’t say that it is the first game because I don’t know,” Reed said.
Texans signs Mays
Houston signed free-agent Joe Mays after the linebacker was suspended and fined last season for a hit on Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.
Mays knocked Schaub’s helmet off and the star quarterback lost a chunk of his left ear on the play during Houston’s 31-25 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sept. 23. Mays was fined $50,000 and suspended for one game.
KRIV-TV of Houston was the first to report the signing. Mays told the station that he and Schaub talked Monday and made peace. Schaub told the station the hit was “water under the bridge.”
Redskins’ corner hurt
Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said he has sprained ligaments in the back of his right ankle and could miss the rest of training camp.
“I can’t put any pressure on it. It’s kind of funky. I’ve never had this particular injury before,” Hall said. “It could take a couple of days, it could take a couple of weeks, so they’re cool with me just sitting down for now and give it time to rest and heal up.”
Hall wore an immobilizing boot as he watched practice. He was hurt Monday when he lost his footing trying to defend rookie free-agent receiver Skye Dawson.