Harvin has an MRI that shows he's OK

RENTON, Wash. -- Just to be safe, the Seahawks decided to have receiver Percy Harvin get another MRI this week on his surgically-repaired hip.

"We did another MRI to make sure we were seeing everything right," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Friday. "There were no complications."

Harvin, who had hip surgery Aug. 1 to repair a torn labrum, did not practice this week after doing so for the first time last week. Keeping him off the field this week was only a precautionary measure by the Seahawks, who continue to be conservative about his return.

"We've been quiet with him," Carroll said. "We just wanted to make sure we don't waste our opportunity with him on the practice field."

Carroll means they don't think it's productive for Harvin to practice every day if he's not going to play in the upcoming game. The Seahawks have until Nov. 12 to take Harvin off the physically unable to perform list and add him to the 53-man roster.

However, it doesn't mean Harvin will play immediately once he's added.

"If he was banged up, we certainly wouldn't mind keeping him on the team as one of the inactives," Carroll said. "If that's what it winds up a few weeks from now, that's what it is. But we're hoping to get him back. He was fine last week, but the wear and tear of the comeback got to him a little bit, so we're just slowing it down."

Running back Marshawn Lynch practiced Friday for the first time this week. Carroll said Lynch will start Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

"He's fine," Carroll said of Lynch. "He feels good. His knee was a little sore, but he was raring to go [Friday], so he's ready for the game."

Lynch showed frustration at times Monday night at not getting enough carries. He had only eight for 23 yards in the 14-9 victory at St. Louis.

"He's going to get more involved than he did last week, let's just say that," Carroll said Friday. "We have to play better so he gets his opportunities. We only had 40 [offensive] plays in that game."

Free safety Earl Thomas was not at practice because of an illness, but he also will start Sunday.

"Earl showed up sick [Friday] morning, so we sent him back home," Carroll said. "But Earl's fine. He just wasn't feeling well and had a tough night, so we wanted to make sure he'll be rested for Sunday."

Pro Bowl offensive tackle Russell Okung, who is on injured reserve with a torn ligament in a big toe, could have begun practicing again Friday, but Carroll said that will happen next week.

"We're talking about him being on the field Wednesday," Carroll said of Okung. "He might work out at the stadium on Sunday. We're real encouraged with his rehab. He's shown every day that he can handle it."

Carroll said he also expects starting right tackle Breno Giacomini to begin practicing next Wednesday. Giacomini, who had arthroscopic knee surgery Sept. 30, stayed on the active roster and can return at any time. Okung cannot return until the Nov. 17 home game against the Minnesota Vikings.