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Harvin will play for Seattle vs. New Orleans

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 9, 2014 at 5:39 pm •  Published: January 9, 2014
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RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Pete Carroll told Percy Harvin that the Seattle Seahawks were considering placing him on injured reserve to open up a roster spot ahead of the postseason.

Harvin's response: "Coach I'm ready to play ball."

That conversation less than two weeks ago was the start of a return that took another significant step on Thursday when Carroll announced Harvin would play on Saturday against New Orleans in an NFC divisional playoff game.

"We're excited about him going and excited for him. It's been a long, long haul for a guy that's such a great competitor and it means so much," Carroll said. "For him to have the opportunity to join us now is really exciting, I know, for him and us, too."

There will be no limitations on how Seattle can use its biggest offseason acquisition, brought to Seattle in a trade with Minnesota. Harvin ended up a spectator for most of the 2013 regular season, but now could make his biggest impact in the playoffs as a wide receiver and kick returner.

It could be a big boost to Seattle's offense, which slumped late in the season.

"I'm just glad to be out there helping my team win right now. The playoffs, that's what we all dream about, to have home-field advantage, to have all the things the team has put in place. It would be hard for me to try to not be out there," Harvin said. "Everything worked out for the best and I'm looking forward to being out there and helping this team win."

Harvin missed the first 2½ months of the season following hip surgery in early August. He returned in Week 11 against Minnesota and caught one pass and had a 58-yard kickoff return. Harvin was then sidelined again by what Carroll called "soreness."

But Harvin's problems went beyond just soreness. He had fluid buildup and swelling in his hip following that game against the Vikings, a 41-20 Seattle victory.

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