Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is fit to start against the New Orleans Saints in their divisional round showdown this weekend.
Harvin has been recovering from major hip surgery to repair a torn labrum which he underwent on August 1.
The 25-year-old only featured in one game during the regular season, claiming one pass for a gain of 17 yards in the Seahawks' 41-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings back in November.
Despite making his comeback in game week eleven he then sat out the remainder of the season after complaining of swelling and stiffness in his hip.
However he is back in training for the Seahawks' biggest game of the season - and is in line to start against the Saints.
"I know it has been frustrating for a lot of people," Harvin said. "My hat's off to this organization for staying patient with me. I'm ready to make it all pay off."
Seattle coach Pete Carroll says he is anxious to get Harvin back into his side for the showdown against the Saints.
It's been a long, long haul for a guy that's such a great competitor," he said.
"We've been so close so many times to taking this step. We just waited it out as long as we could," Carroll said. "The couple weeks we gained [with the first-round bye last week] made a difference. Percy stuck to it and never backed off the process of the rehab. We're anxious to add him to the mix."
The Seahawks wiped the floor with the Saints when they met during the regular season, and Harvin says he hopes to slot seamlessly into the winning Seattle machine.
"This is a fantastic group led by No. 3 [quarterback Russell Wilson]," Harvin said. "I'm just looking to fit in any way I can.
"The foundation is set. I'm just looking to jump on the bus and enjoy the ride."
When asked if he feared suffering another setback, he said: "It goes through my mind," he said. "But I'm just gonna cut it loose. I made all the cuts in practice that I possibly could do in the game. I felt no limitations, and no swelling came back. I'm gonna go out there and give it all I have."
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