Neither the team nor the player gave a timetable for his return. One doctor said the type of injury Harvin sustain may keep him out for the entire season.
The Seahawks sent three National Football League draft picks, including a first-round selection this year, to the Minnesota Vikings to acquire Harvin as a top target for second-year quarterback Russell Wilson. Harvin, 25, led the Vikings with 62 receptions for 677 yards last season, when he missed seven games with an ankle injury.
Harvin, a 2009 first-round draft pick who also has five career kickoff returns for touchdowns, wrote last night on his Twitter account that he’d need surgery after receiving a second opinion from a hip specialist on the slight tear in his labrum.
“Nobody was more anxious and excited about the season,” Harvin wrote, without saying how much time he may miss. “But I will be back strong as ever.”
The Seahawks later confirmed that Harvin will have surgery.
Football players who require arthroscopic surgery for a labral injury often need six to eight months of recovery to “return to elite play,” according to orthopedist Calin Moucha, the associate chief of joint replacement surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.
If Harvin needs a full eight months of rehabilitation following the surgery, he’d miss the Seahawks’ 16-game regular season. The Seahawks, who went 11-5 last season before losing in the second round of the playoffs, open the 2013 campaign on Sept. 8 against the Carolina Panthers.
Harvin was scheduled to make $2.76 million in the final year of his rookie contract before signing his new deal with the Seahawks. His agreement with Seattle includes $25.5 million in guaranteed money, including a $12 million signing bonus, a $2.5 million base salary in 2013 and an injury guaranteed $11 million base salary in 2014, CBS Sportsline has reported.
Harvin had been tied for the NFL lead in receptions and was second in yards receiving and kick-return average last season before spraining his ankle.
With his addition, the Seahawks were tied as the fourth-favorite to win the Super Bowl at 8-1 odds, according to the Las Vegas Hotel’s Super Book, trailing the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots.
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