The Buffalo Bills won’t have star wide receiver Percy Harvin in London in week seven thanks to a hip injury. Per reports, they might never get him back again. Harvin was initially reported to be staying back due to the ailing hip, but shortly after news broke that he wouldn’t be making the trip with the Bills to London, it was reported that he stayed back due to a “personal” issue.
— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) October 22, 2015
Considering retirement definitely qualifies. It’s a sharp fall from where Harvin was just a couple of years ago, but Harvin has since had trouble with his hip. Being an explosive talent that leans on quick and sudden movements on a regular basis, it’s possible the injury has become too much for the 27-year old receiver. It remains to be seen just how serious the injury or Harvin’s retirement thoughts are. All we know for sure is Harvin isn’t playing in week seven and he might not be playing anytime soon. With Sammy Watkins out, Buffalo will rely heavily on Chris Hogan, Robert Woods and Charles Clay in the passing game this week. Update: ESPN’s Adam Schefter quickly chimed in on the rumors of Percy Harvin considering retirement and suggested Harvin is very upset and frustrated with his hip issue, but is “not considering” retirement.
Percy Harvin increasingly frustrated w/ hip + knee injuries expected to sideline him indefinitely, per sources. Not considering retirement.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2015
The only insight here is that Harvin could be done for the year, if not forever. The back and forth reporting doesn’t clear that up for us, though, so we needn’t waste much time on it. That’s up to him anyways, but if he’s indeed hanging them up, Sammy Watkins ascends to WR1 status. Watkins was already flirting with that potential when healthy, but as soon as he’s back to 100% fantasy owners will have to make sure they use him every week. For now, Hogan, Woods and Clay should benefit for as long as Harvin and Watkins remain out.