Percy Harvin has joined a growing list of player casualties set to be sidelined for the start of the 2013 season, after Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll revealed that the wide receiver might have to undergo hip surgery.
The 25-year-old NFL star is understood to have suffered a slight tear in the labrum of his hip during a pre-season workout last week, and is now set to miss the start of training camp.
Harvin will seek a second opinion at the start of next week, to determine how serious the damage is, but surgery for the former Minnesota Vikings wideout has not been ruled 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," explained Carroll in an interview with NFL.com.
"It's really early in camp, we got plenty of time to get this thing worked out, so we're being very careful."
After missing the second half of last season with an ankle injury, Harvin will have been determined to hit the ground running this campaign, as the Seahawks bid to make another run at the Super Bowl in 2014.
His absence would be regarded as a massive blow for Seattle, who gave up multiple draft picks to secure Harvin's services, before securing the 2009 Offensive Rookie of the Year to a six-year $67million contract.
"We're going to go ahead and take it step by step," Carroll added. "I know he was working full speed just a few days ago. But we need to take care of him.
"We don't know enough information. The number of guys we have on PUP [Physically Unable to Perform] we have to be careful. We have to bring them back in good order and be diligent about the process right now."