Reinforcements are on the way for a Seattle Seahawks team that squeaked past the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.

Coach Pete Carroll said Friday that Percy Harvin is the "best he's been" since undergoing hip surgery in early August.

Harvin had been on track to return a couple of weeks ago, but suffered a setback when his hip reportedly "flared up" in practice. Carroll hopes to have him back on the practice field next week.

"He had another excellent day. He's not ready to play this week," Carroll said Friday. "All of the signs are really encouraging. He feels good. He's not having any issues after he works out the next day, so I think we've built up enough days here to take a real good positive step. I don't know what that means in terms of playing next week, but we're hoping he'll be able to get some extra work and really jump back into it."