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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Harvin doesn't practice; Browner in limbo

By Terry Blount

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said receiver Percy Harvin would not practice Wednesday, continuing this unending saga over Harvin’s playing status.

He also said cornerback Brandon Browner is healthy enough to return to practice in some capacity, but Carroll still knows nothing about Browner’s possible suspension.

The situation for both players has become a bit clandestine. The mystery continues.

“I don’t know,’’ Carroll said when asked about Browner’s appeal process. “We have no control over it. We don’t have any timeline and we don’t know anything. He’s healthy enough to get back on the field some and we’ll see how it goes.”

Browner has appealed a possible one-year suspension over violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He is hoping to get the suspension reduced, or possibly even eliminated.

Meanwhile, his severe groin pull has healed faster the team expected.

“He managed it really well,” Carroll said of Browner’s injury. “We thought he would be out a solid six weeks when it happened (the Atlanta game Nov. 10). He has responded tremendously.

“He’s on the roster and ready to compete for us if he can get through practice this week. But I can only go at this one day at a time because I don’t know any more than you guys know.”

And then there’s Harvin, who didn’t play Monday night against New Orleans after making his season debut Nov. 17 against Minnesota. Harvin reported received a cortisone shot last week to help with the soreness in his surgically-repaired hip, but Carroll was non-specific when asked about it Wednesday.

“It’s doctor procedure stuff they did to make sure that he was relieved of any kind of inflammation,’’ Carroll said. “He won’t practice [Wednesday] but he will run. We’ll see what happens [Thursday].”

Carroll was asked if he expects the day-to-day status for Harvin to continue the rest of the season.

“Maybe it will, maybe it won’t,” he said. “We just want to make sure he’s strong and safe. He wants to play right now and we want him to play as soon as he’s capable.”