UPDATE: Seahawks' Harvin to undergo hip surgery

UPDATE: Seahawks' Harvin to undergo hip surgery
July 25, 2013, 1:30 pm
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The Seahawks signed Percy Harvin to a six-year, $67 million contract after giving up three picks to acquire him. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

UPDATE: (Tuesday night at 5:30) -- Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin will undergo hip surgery on Thursday.



It is unclear when Harvin will return...

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The 49ers' NFC West division is expected to be one of the toughest in football, but on the day the rival Seahawks opened training camp, their improved roster suffered a significant hit.

Wide receiver Percy Harvin, who was acquired this offseason from Minnesota for multiple draft picks, was placed on the physically unable to perform list Thursday with a "slight labrum tear" in his hip, according to NFL.com. He reportedly suffered the injury in a workout last week, though it was not revealed until an MRI was taken on Thursday.

Harvin will seek a second opinion in the next week, but ProFootballTalk.com indicates the injury could result in surgery, citing a source with knowledge of the situation.

Indeed, head coach Pete Carroll confirmed surgery is an option: "It may be. We'll find out."

"We're going to take a real good look at it and get second opinions and all that kind of stuff, to do the right thing," Carroll was quoted. "It's really early in camp, we got plenty of time to get this thing worked out, so we're being very careful."

Harvin signed a six-year, $67 million contract with the Seahawks after he was acquired. Seattle is counting on him to take the team to the next level after the Seahawks narrowly lost to the Falcons in the NFC Divisional Playoffs last year.

Harvin caught 62 passes for 677 yards in nine games for the Vikings last season and was one of the league's most effective players before suffering an ankle injury. The 25-year old has a history of concussions and hasn't started all 16 games in any of his first four NFL seasons.

After a chippy offseason, the 49ers and Seahawks are scheduled to settle things on the field on Sept. 15 in Week 2 and again on Dec. 8 in Week 14.