Buffalo Bills wide receiver Percy Harvin is not in London with his team as he deals with a hip injury, and now mixed reports are surfacing as to whether or not the veteran receiver is contemplating retirement because of the lingering issue.
Percy Harvin increasingly frustrated w/ hip + knee injuries expected to sideline him indefinitely, per sources. Not considering retirement.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2015
Rex on Harvin: "I'm not going to say anything more than I said yesterday because I don't know where he is right now."— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 22, 2015
Harvin has developed knee issues as a result of trying to compensate for his hip problems. Has had difficulty getting and staying healthy— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 22, 2015
Harvin, who missed last weekend's loss to Cincinnati because of the injury, signed a three-year free agency deal which could void to a one-year deal, largely due to concerns over his durability. He led the Bills in receiving through the first three weeks of the season, but his production had slipped of late prior to his stint on the inactive list.
Harvin missed significant practice time in training camp as he rehabbed the hip, and the team has been giving him off days in practice each week to allow him to recover after games. Over the last week, however, the Harvin situation has taken a turn for the strange. He didn't make the plane trip to London for Buffalo's upcoming game, with Rex Ryan saying it was for a "personal issue."
The hip injury is merely the latest ailment for Harvin, who has suffered through a laundry list of injuries dating back to his college days. He dealt with arthroscopic heel surgery, a high ankle sprain, and a hairline leg fracture in his last year at Florida. As a rookie in Minnesota, he suffered from illnesses and severe migraines. After being traded to Seattle, he suffered a torn labrum in his hip, which required surgery in 2013. He was only able to play in one regular season game following the surgery before his hip flared up again, benching him until the playoffs. He suffered a concussion in the divisional round before famously returning with a big play in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Now with the Bills, it appears his hip injury has flared up again, and it may or may not lead to a decision to end his career. It's a rough situation for Harvin, and for the Bills, who are very thin at wide receiver even before considering Harvin's situation.