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Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin is not playing Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons but it would be an upset if he did not make his season debut against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Harvin, who was acquired in a trade with the Vikings in the offseason, had major hip surgery Aug. 1 to repair a torn labrum. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last week that Harvin is progressing nicely in his rehab.
Harvin’s eventual return to the field became more imperative when wide receiver Sidney Rice suffered a torn ACL last last month and was lost for the season. Jermaine Kearse, a second-year receiver from the University of Washington, was elevated to a starting spot after Rice’s injury.
Harvin is widely viewed as one of the most dynamic receivers in the NFL and a player who can add an explosive element to Seattle’s passing game. The 25-year-old speedster signed with the Seahawks on March 12 in a deal that sent the Vikings a first-round and seventh-round pick from Seattle in 2013, along with a third-round pick in 2014. The Seahawks gave Harvin a five-year, $67 million contract.
Harvin was a first-round draft choice by Minnesota in 2009. He has 280 career receptions for 3,302 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also has rushed 107 times for 683 yards with four touchdowns. He has returned 114 kickoffs for 3,183 yards, with a Vikings franchise-record five kickoff return touchdowns.
ESPN.com Seahawks reporter Terry Blount contributed to this report.