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Percy Harvin won't be rushed back, Pete Carroll says

If you're looking for a sign Percy Harvin will debut for the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, you haven't gotten it yet.

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wouldn't speculate about Harvin's availability for Week 8 against the St. Louis Rams following the wide receiver's Tuesday practice debut.

"Percy got started today. Limited involvement in practice today, but he got to run around, looked good," Carroll told reporters. "He looks quick and ready to take the next step, which is the next time we come back on Thursday. We're going to do it one day at a time."

Carroll said Harvin's workload will increase as the week continues. The coach was asked what Harvin will have to do to prove he's ready for game action.

"He's gotta to get through normal days of practice and we see how he handles it," Carroll said. "The thought we've been going off all along is to take the conservative approach and make sure guys are healthy so we're going to continue to do that."

Harvin followed Carroll on the podium and said he's "feeling great" and hasn't had any setbacks. Like Carroll, he called the process day to day.

Seattle should be able to dispatch the Kellen Clemens-led Rams without Harvin, so a true "conservative" approach probably would keep the wide receiver off the field another week. One thing we do know is that Seattle could use the playmaker -- the Seahawks currently rank 25th in passing offense.

A healthy Harvin can change that in a hurry.

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