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Harvin, three o-linemen set to return for Seahawks

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RENTON, Wash. -- Wide receiver Percy Harvin took part in all of Friday's practice and is on track to make his debut with the Seattle Seahawks against his former team barring a setback before the Sunday's home game against the Minnesota Vikings.

"He has a chance. He made it through practice today, we'll see how it affects him tomorrow, and then we'll call it," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after Friday's practice. "He looked good, he practiced and did everything, and he's asking me about returning kickoffs already so he's all over it. He's excited about it."

The Seahawks also expect to get three offensive linemen back in the starting lineup: left tackle Russell Okung, center Max Unger and right tackle Breno Giacomini.

"Guys practiced throughout, they did all of the things we asked them to do during the week and made it through all of the reps and turns and came back each day," Carroll said. "Now we have to get through tomorrow and make sure that after today's work everybody is fit and ready to go and we'll make our decisions come game time."

Seattle traded three picks, including its 2013 first-rounder, for Harvin, who it viewed as the multi-threat receiver that might be the missing piece in taking the team to the Super Bowl.

Harvin, though, has not played yet after having hip surgery on Aug. 1. He was activated to the 53-man roster this week. Harvin has been working to overcome soreness in the hip, which had some fluid buildup after he first returned to practice three weeks ago and delayed his Seahawks debut until now.

"I definitely think I'm ready to play. I still got a lot of work to do, but I think I'm ready to start playing and getting packages in there and getting the ball going," Harvin said Friday. "I haven't played the game in a year. I haven't had the amount of practices or the training camps that a lot of people have that, but I have a lot of confidence in this coaching staff, of them getting me ready to play and I have all of the confidence in the world in my ability and the way I prepare. So I'm not worried at all."

Harvin wouldn't speculate on how many snaps he's ready to play Sunday, but did acknowledge "it would be crazy" for him to think he's ready to take on a full workload immediate.

He also downplayed any special significance about make his return against the Vikings. Harvin is focused on his current team and building chemistry with quarterback Russell Wilson.

"It's at an all-time high," Harvin said of his comfort level with Wilson. "We did a lot of work throughout the offseason, just going to different high schools and just getting receivers all together before the OTAs when I first got here, we was throwing the ball a lot and just being back out there with them, we didn't miss a whole lot, as far as chemistry-wise. With that said, we still have a lot of work to do; I have a lot of work to do, but that all comes with repetition, practices and in the games."

Okung, Unger and Giacomini are also on track to return, boosting an offense that ranks 11th in the NFL at 362 yards per game and is coming off one of its best games, a 33-10 win at Atlanta.

Still, Carroll wouldn't commit to one, much less all four, of the injured players returning against the Vikings.

"We're not going to do it unless we're ready," Carroll said. "These guys have shown that they're ready now, but we won't make that decision unless we think that's the right thing to do. We could be more conservative and wait longer, but we think we've done all the things that we needed to do. We'll get the information and figure it out, and then call it on game day."

Now the Seahawks return home to face a Vikings team having a disappointing season at 2-7 and entered the week as 13.5-point favorites.

That's a role Seattle has struggled in at times this season, though, narrowly defeating the Rams and Tampa Bay as double-digit favorites in the two games before the rout of the Falcons.

Carroll said he hopes the Seahawks have learned from those games.

"I think there was a great lesson in if anybody ever wanted to underestimate a team, based on their record," he said. "You could've done it against Tampa Bay and they played great against us and then they showed it. They're a good football team; they just have not been on the right side of the scores. These guys seem exactly the same to us and we've played them tough last year. We respect the heck out of this group. So we shouldn't fall into any type of category of not thinking that they can't play really good ball. We're not doing that."

--CB Richard Sherman (hip) practiced Friday and will play against Minnesota.

--CB Brandon Browner is likely out for an extended period after hurting his groin against Atlanta. Walter Thurmond will step in to his spot as a starter with Byron Maxwell moving up to play in nickel situations.

"He's been fully diagnosed and we're waiting until the last possible second to do what we want to do just because we can," Carroll said. "So we're just going to wait it out. I think it was Bud Grant who said use all of the time that they give you, and respect that it's Minnesota week, I listened to a lot of things that Bud said so we're going to take every minute and utilize it to help us out."
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