Seahawks’ Harvin (hip) returns to practice

Updated: January 2, 2014, 8:36 PM ET

Terry Blount |

RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks don’t have to submit their usual injury reports this week since they have a first-round bye in the playoffs, but wide receiver Percy Harvin did practice on Thursday, as expected.

It was the first time Harvin has been back on the field since he made his season debut against his former Minnesota Vikings teammates on Nov. 17.

Harvin had hip surgery on Aug. 1 to repair a torn labrum. He aggravated the hip in the Minnesota game and has not played since, but hopes to go on Jan. 11 in Seattle’s playoff game.

“Percy’s done a tremendous job of keeping his head up and focusing on what he can control,” Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said. “We want him at 100 percent. If he is, man, he’s something else.

“He can make a lot of plays for us and do a lot of special things. He’s like a racehorse out there when you see him run. He’s done everything he can do to keep his legs ready to go and his lungs ready to go.”

Wilson said the Seahawks used most of Thursday’s practice to go first-team offense against first-team defense.

“That was one of the best practices we’ve had,” Wilson said. “It was almost like a game. Even [free safety] Earl Thomas was talking trash out there. It was fun to go against those guys.”

Wilson said Harvin’s presence at practice was noticed.

“It just adds another element to our game,” Wilson said. “He’s one of the most dynamic players in the National Football League. To get him out there, you can feel his effect and sense his ability. He has a great knack for the game and he’s very physical. I’m really happy for him and I hope he can play.”

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