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Brandon Browner and Percy Harvin sit out Seahawks practice
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner and receiver Percy Harvin each did not participate in practice Thursday, appearing to cast more doubt on the hopes that each could play Sunday against the 49ers.
Browner had been a limited participant on Wednesday as he attempts to come back from a groin injury that has held him out since the Nov. 10 game against Atlanta.
There was hope, meanwhile, that Harvin might be able to practice after sitting out last week and then doing running on Wednesday.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, in his Wednesday news conference, had indicated that Thursday would be a key day for each player in gauging where they were in their progress and possible availability for Sunday. Carroll will meet with the media again Friday for the final time before Sunday’s game in San Francisco.
While there has been speculation that the Seahawks might shut down Harvin for the regular season to get him ready for the playoffs, Carroll said Wednesday that was not the plan.
“We’re just trying to get him right,” Carroll said. “He wants to play right now and we want him to play as soon as he’s capable.”
Also not participating Thursday was linebacker Bruce Irvin, who hurt his thigh against the Saints. Carroll said Wednesday he expected Irvin to play Sunday. His backup at strongside linebacker is Malcolm Smith, who started the first four games there when Irvin was suspended.
• Browner is also facing a possible suspension for violating the NFL’s drug policy. But there was no word on a resolution to his appeal on Thursday.
• Also not participating Thursday was backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who was ill. Receiver Golden Tate, out Wednesday with a hip injury, was back.
• Rapper Drake was a guest at Seattle’s practice Thursday.
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