RENTON, Wash. -- A few thoughts on Percy Harvin's injured hip after speaking with ESPN injury expert Stephania Bell:
Timetable: The Seahawks do not know the injury’s extent or if Harvin will require surgery. Multiple factors could affect recovery time. Repairing or resecting a tear, even without doing any bone resurfacing in the area, can require 10 to 16 weeks for recovery (give or take depending on the individual and the extent of the procedure), but Bell noted that athletes are always seeking ways to accelerate the healing process. The timetable would likely lengthen if bone resurfacing were involved. A 10-week recovery period from right now would extend to Oct. 3, or three days before the Seahawks’ fifth game. Leaving Harvin on the physically unable to perform list beyond the reduction to 53 players would require Harvin to miss six games.
History: Coach Pete Carroll cited Harvin’s hip flexor when explaining why the receiver missed time during organized team activities in June. Harvin was previously listed on the injury report with a right hip strain during Week 2 and Week 3 of the 2010 season. He was not otherwise listed with a hip injury. I am checking to see which hip is bothering Harvin now.
More info needed: The Seahawks are seeking additional opinions before deciding how to proceed. Bell wondered if the team would err on the safe side in the interests of protecting a long-term investment. Bell: "The thing about labral repairs is we find these injuries more than we used to find them due to improved diagnosis via clinical examination and imaging. We see them and we see them regularly. But does that mean every labral injury requires surgery? Probably not. The decision as to when surgery is indicated is case-based."