RENTON, Wash. — Percy Harvin has more surgeries than receptions over the past 14 months.
But the Seattle Seahawks' dynamic wide receiver and kick returner says he has no doubts about the direction his career is headed as he prepares for another comeback attempt.
"I see it taking off," Harvin said Thursday, minutes before Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed he'll play in Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.
"I've had no problem playing football as long as I've been on the field. I've had injuries, unfortunately, but I deal with them and when I get back on the field, I pick up wherever I left off."
It didn't work that way Nov.17, when Harvin played a limited role in a victory against the Minnesota Vikings — 20 offensive snaps, one catch for 17 yards and one kick return for 58 — and knew during the game "something quite didn't feel right" with his surgically repaired hip.
Harvin, who had missed the first 10 games, was shut down again and was on the verge of landing on injured reserve for a second consecutive year before a Dec.30 conversation with Carroll earned him a chance to save his season.
"We don't know what's going to happen until we do it again," Carroll said. "Are we better? I don't know. We'll find out."
Harvin, 25, said he has had "two or three" setbacks since the Aug.1 surgery to repair a partially torn labrum, which surprised the Seahawks 4½ months after they acquired him from the Minnesota Vikings for a bounty of draft picks and gave him a six-year, $67 million contract.
They took that gamble to add a dimension to their offense despite the reputation for controlling behavior that made Harvin available. He also was coming off a significant ankle injury that ended his 2012 season and an appendectomy weeks after landing on IR.
Since injuring the ankle Nov.4, 2012, against the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field, Harvin has appeared in just one of a possible 24 games. And he admitted Thursday there was a point he thought about shutting down for this season.
"But the guys just kept giving it to me, kept giving me that positive energy I needed, and it all started to turn around for me," said Harvin, who singled out cornerback Richard Sherman for encouraging him. "So I decided that I was going to give it everything I had and go from there."
The Seahawks offense ranked 17th in yards this season but tied for eighth in scoring while going 13-3, winning the NFC West title and earning home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs. Harvin said he's "just looking to jump on the bus and enjoy the ride."
If teammates' reports of his progress are accurate, Harvin could be more than a spare part Saturday.
Sherman and wide receiver Golden Tate raved about Harvin's speed, which made him an unlikely MVP candidate with Minnesota before injuries stopped him after nine games last season.
"He's also quick. He's also explosive," Tate said. "When he sticks his foot in the ground and decides he wants to run, I don't think there's a single person in this league who can flip their hips faster than he can before he gets by you."
One of those hips has derailed Harvin's first season in Seattle so far. But he and Carroll said they expect no limitations Saturday in what happens to be the Seahawks' biggest game of the season. Harvin said he expects to handle kick returns, too.
"He's an excitable guy," Carroll said. "He's high energy and he's very aggressive, and I don't except him to hold back one bit, to tell you the truth."
Harvin's contract with the Seahawks included $25.5 million guaranteed — the type of commitment the Vikings weren't willing to make, opting to trade him for first- and seventh-round picks in last year's draft and a third-rounder in 2014.
He acknowledged Thursday he and the Seahawks organization have been frustrated with the way the rehabilitation process played out. And though Harvin said the past week's work has him confident, the chance remains another setback could end his fifth NFL season the way it started.
"It goes through my mind here and there," Harvin said. "But I'm confident in myself once I get to the game, I'm just going to cut it loose.
"I've made all the cuts and did all the things in practice that I could do possibly in the game and I felt no limitations and no swelling came and no setbacks. So, I'm going to go out there and give it all I have and we'll go from there."