Percy Harvin 'closer' to return

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, speaking Monday morning on his weekly radio show on 710 ESPN Seattle, said wide receiver Percy Harvin is "getting closer" to returning from his hip surgery two months ago to repair a torn labrum in his hip.

"He will be back in town this week," Carroll said of the wide receiver. "He was in New York to make sure the doctor that did the surgery, and his rehab team, were ready to sign off on it.

"I know he started running last week. I don't know any more than that until we get him out here, but it's encouraging. We're getting closer. It's going to happen as soon as possible."

Harvin was Seattle's top offseason acquisition in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings. The Seahawks gave the Vikings their first-round pick in 2013, along with a seventh-round selection, and a third-round pick in 2014, to acquire Harvin.

Seattle signed Harvin to a six-year, $67 million contract, with $25 million guaranteed. Expectations were high for what Harvin could do for the Seahawks' offense, but he injured his hip in the summer and underwent surgery Aug. 1.

The typical recovery time for the labrum surgery is three to four months, but Harvin has tweeted hints for weeks that he would be back sooner than expected.

He did so again Monday.

Harvin is on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, but can return in Week 7. It's possible, although seemingly unlikely, Harvin could return after the game this weekend against the Tennessee Titans.

If Harvin passes his physical next week, he would have three weeks to practice and possibly return to the roster. He is eligible to start practicing Oct. 15.

The Seahawks made a surprising roster move last weekend that could indicate they expect Harvin to return sooner than expected. The Seahawks released receiver Stephen Williams on Saturday in order to active linebacker Bruce Irvin for the game at Indianapolis, leaving the team with only four active receivers.

ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton contributed to this report.