Printed on: July 26, 2013

Camp off to rough start for Seahawks


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RENTON, Wash. -- It didn't take long for the Seattle Seahawks to face a potential injury problem.

This one involving their most expensive offseason acquisition, Percy Harvin.

The Seahawks' new offensive toy has suffered an unknown hip injury that landed him on the physically unable to perform list when training camp opened Thursday. The injury is in the area of Harvin's labrum, which has immediately drawn concern that it could be a problem that would cause Harvin to miss significant time before ever seeing the field with his new team.

"Percy has a hip issue that he's dealing with that came up over the summer. We're trying to figure it out. We're going to do everything we can to help him out, to make the right decision and take care of him in every way," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "He was working out just a week or so ago going full speed, but it was bothering him enough we took some looks at it."

Carroll did not rule out surgery as the solution, but he felt the team has time to get Harvin ready.

"We're going to go ahead and do it step by step right now," Carroll said. "I know he was working full speed just a few days ago but we need to take care of him."

The Seahawks made an aggressive move to bolster an already potent offense when they traded three draft picks, including their 2013 first-round selection, to Minnesota in exchange for Harvin. Then Seattle locked up Harvin long-term, signing him to a six-year extension.

Adding Harvin to an offense already featuring Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and Sidney Rice immediately raised the Seahawks' already lofty status as contenders in the NFC.

Now the plans for seeing Harvin on the field could be delayed, significantly.

If surgery is needed, the Seahawks could be looking at an extended period without their splashy offseason acquisition. Rice had surgery to repair the labrum in his hip before the start of the 2010 season while with Minnesota and missed more than half the season. Coming off a Pro Bowl season in 2009, Rice didn't see the field until Week 11 of 2010. Harvin had hip issues early in the 2010 season and he missed a practice during Seattle's June's minicamp with what Carroll called a hip flexor issue.

"Right now we need to get more information. We don't know enough right now," Carroll said.

Despite debilitating migraines that limited his practice time early in his career with the Vikings, Harvin has been surprisingly durable, even with a rugged style of running through tacklers. Before last season, Harvin had missed only three games in his first three seasons.

Last season, Harvin suffered a severely sprained left ankle against the Seahawks on Nov. 4. He was placed on injured reserve a month later, abruptly ending a season that began so strongly. He led the NFL in total yards, including rushing, receiving and returning, at the time of his injury.

Along with Harvin, Seattle also started camp with defensive end Chris Clemons (knee) and tight end Zach Miller (foot) on the PUP list.

Also starting the season on PUP is running back Robert Turbin (foot), defensive end Greg Scruggs (knee) and cornerback Tharold Simon.

Around the NFL

RG3 needs 2-3 weeks to get into shape: At Richmond, Va., Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says it will take two to three weeks to get Robert Griffin III into full football shape and that it "doesn't make sense" to play the quarterback in any preseason games.

Griffin sat out 11-on-11 drills Thursday during the first day of training camp. He did take part in the rest of practice, wearing a black brace on his right knee.

Griffin is recovering from reconstructive surgery on his right knee. Doctors cleared him to practice last week, but Shanahan says there's a difference between being cleared by a doctor and being cleared by a coach.

Brady says Pats moving on from 'challenging' offseason: At Foxborough, Mass., Tom Brady was soft-spoken and thoughtful Thursday as he met with about 50 media members.

Given the circumstances surrounding the New England Patriots this summer, clearly, this wasn't your typical training camp quarterback interview.

In the wake of former tight end Aaron Hernandez's arrest on a murder charge, and a day after his coach, Bill Belichick, addressed the matter, Brady said Thursday the Patriots must work hard to "re-establish what we're all about."

"It's been a challenging offseason," he said as New England opened camp. "But we're going to try to move forward as best we know how."

Brady talked at length for the first time since Hernandez's name surfaced in connection with the shooting death of Boston semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd on June 17. Hernandez was arrested on June 26 and cut by the Patriots before he was charged that afternoon. He is being held without bail after pleading not guilty.

Falcons, Ryan agree on 5-year extension: At Flowery Branch, Ga., Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension.

Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts said Thursday that the deal was being finalized as Ryan led the offense through practice Thursday on the first day of training camp.

A person familiar with the situation says Ryan's extension is for $103.75 million deal, with $59 million guaranteed. The person says Ryan will average $20.75 million during the first three years of the extension. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the terms of the deal had not been announced.

Ryan, 28, is entering the sixth and final season of his original rookie contract and will earn a $10 million salary.

Cowboys Stadium renamed AT&T Stadium: At Arlington, Texas, the Dallas Cowboys announced a multi-year, multimillion-dollar branding deal Thursday that will change the name of Cowboys Stadium to AT&T Stadium.

Team owner Jerry Jones said he wants his $1.2 billion showplace to be a building "more familiar than the White House."

The name change for the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium takes effect immediately, and numerous signs outside and inside the stadium will be changed to reflect the name of the telecommunications giant based in nearby Dallas.

Bengals WR Green twists knee in 1st practice: At Cincinnati, All-Pro receiver A.J. Green twisted his left knee while trying to make a sideline catch during the Cincinnati Bengals' first practice of training camp Thursday.

Green planted his left foot and twisted the knee while reaching for the ball. He went down hard, rolled on his back and immediately grabbed the knee. After a trainer examined the knee, he got up and walked off the field without assistance to get treatment.