Starting offensive tackles Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini also are expected to play against the Vikings. Giacomini hasn’t played since Week 3, and Okung has been out since the second game of the season.
The Seahawks will have to make a roster move Saturday to activate Okung off injured reserve. That move could include placing cornerback Brandon Browner on IR, which would end his season. Browner has a groin injury, which coach Pete Carroll called “severe” this week.
But most of the news this week for the Seahawks is good, starting with Harvin’s likely 2013 debut Sunday against his former teammates.
“I definitely think I’m ready to play,” Harvin said Friday after practice. “I still have a lot of work to do, but it was great to be out there with my teammates running plays and going to the huddle. Hopefully everything goes well [Saturday] and I can look forward to the game.”
Harvin officially is listed as probable, and coach Pete Carroll said they will see make a final decision before the game.
“He came through the week very well,” Carroll said. “He did everything we asked him to do.”
So how much will he play Sunday?
“You’ll just have to wait and find out," Carroll said.
Carroll also said Harvin was asking him if he could return kickoffs Sunday, but Carroll said early in the week he thought that was too much for his first game back. When asked about it again, Carroll smiled and said: “I’m standing by what I said.”
The Seahawks had 14 players listed as probable on Friday’s injury report, including defensive linemen Red Bryant and center Max Unger. They both missed the Atlanta game with concussions, but both players practiced all week and Carroll said they are ready to go.
Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. Carroll called McDaniel a game-time decision.
Back-up cornerback Jeremy Lane, who did not practice Thursday because on a thigh injury, is listed as probable, and Carroll said Lane is fine. Lane’s availability is a big deal for two reasons.
The Seahawks need the depth at cornerback with Browner out (Walter Thurmond will start for Browner), and Lane is one of the best in the league as a gunner on punt coverage. Minnesota’s Marcus Sherels leads the NFL with a 16.3-yard average on punt returns.