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Seattle Seahawks' Percy Harvin to require hip surgery

Percy Harvin didn't get the news that he or the Seattle Seahawks wanted to hear.

The wide receiver tweeted Tuesday night that he will need surgery to repair his injured hip.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that the estimated timetable for Harvin's surgery and recovery is three to four months, according to a source who has spoken with the receiver. That would put Harvin on track for a possible return in the beginning of November at the earliest.

NFL.com's Albert Breer reported the Seahawks' preliminary plan is to keep Harvin on the physically unable to perform list and then reevaluate their options after Harvin's surgery, according to team sources.

Harvin's surgery will be performed Thursday in New York by Dr. Bryan Kelly, according to Rapoport. The Seahawks later confirmed the surgery. Rapoport reported last week that Harvin had a possible slight tear in the labrum of his hip after feeling discomfort during a workout. Harvin flew to New York on Tuesday to get a second opinion on the injury.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider had expressed guarded optimism that Harvin's injury would not require surgery, though he did not rule it out as a possibility.

Now we know Harvin has a date with the operating table. Though hardly fatal, it's a significant blow for a team that had been shaping up as an NFC favorite. The Seahawks knew they were taking on durability risks by trading for Harvin, but his ability as a playmaker won out in the end.

You wonder if they're having second thoughts about that decision now.

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