Percy Harvin Reportedly Considering Retirement After Hip Injury

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2015

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Percy Harvin (18) sits on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Wide receiver Percy Harvin did not make the trip with the Buffalo Bills to London for their Week 7 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and according to new reports, he may have played his final NFL contest.

Per Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, the 27-year-old wideout is considering retirement due to frustration over a hip injury. Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports has since confirmed the report.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, however, Harvin is not contemplating retirement despite hip and knee injuries that are expected to keep him out of action indefinitely. NFL Network's Rand Getlin later backed up Schefter's account.

Per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, "Harvin has developed knee issues as a result of trying to compensate for his hip problems."

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, nothing is set in stone regarding Harvin's future, but there is some level of concern that the hip injury could keep him from returning to the field. Harvin missed last week's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a hip ailment.

Bills head coach Rex Ryan added this when discussing why Harvin didn't fly to London, per ESPN.com's Mike Rodak: "He's pretty much excused for personal reasons, so I'll just leave it at that."

When asked about Harvin's situation again on Thursday, Ryan refused to elaborate, according to Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 in Buffalo:

Rapoport reported that Harvin is at home and mulling over his options.

While there are conflicting reports regarding Harvin's desire to retire, Garafolo claims he has been considering stepping away from football since his tenure with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013 and 2014.

The Minnesota Vikings selected Harvin in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft out of Florida. He is a one-time Pro Bowler as a kick returner, and his career highlight came in Super Bowl XLVIII when he rushed for 45 yards and returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the Seahawks' 43-8 rout of the Denver Broncos.

Injuries have wreaked havoc on Harvin's career, though, as he has played in all 16 games in a single season just once. His hip has been a problem in particular, as he underwent surgery on it prior to the 2013 campaign.

The Bills signed him this past offseason to a one-year, $6 million deal in hopes that he could provide a spark on offense and special teams, and he has contributed to the tune of 19 receptions for 218 yards and one touchdown.

With Harvin out and potentially considering retirement, as well as Sammy Watkins nursing an ankle injury, the Bills are in rough shape at the wide receiver position.

Buffalo looked to have a solid receiver group entering the 2015 season, but if Harvin is unable to return or ultimately chooses not to, the 3-3 Bills will have lost a significant dimension of explosiveness and speed on their roster.

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