Carroll went a step further Tuesday, hinting that the playmaking wide receiver might not see the field again until next season.
Seattle is facing a roster crunch with cornerback Walter Thurmond returning from suspension. The only designation for which Harvin is eligible at this stage of the season would be injured reserve.
Harvin is talented enough that Carroll would bide his time if given any reason for optimism. If the hip still hasn't responded positively to the cortisone shots injected over three weeks ago, the head coach might be willing to throw in the towel on a postseason return.