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Rex: Harvin trying to get back for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2016 – 1:47 pm

It’s not an injury, but illness has made WR Percy Harvin a question mark for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville.

Harvin practiced Wednesday, but missed both Thursday and Friday’s practice sessions. Head coach Rex Ryan addressed Harvin’s availability for Sunday.

“He’s trying so hard to get back. I’m hopeful he’ll be able to get back,” said Ryan. “He wasn’t able to practice the last couple of days. He comes in and he’s trying to come in, but we pretty much treat him and send him back home.”


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Playtime for Harvin, Henderson, Ihedigbo etc.

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2016 – 10:12 am

Here’s a look at the playtime percentages for some of the players who saw increased action Sunday at Cincinnati.

Percy Harvin saw his playing time increase. He had 46 snaps good for 71 percent of the offensive workload. Would he have seen that much time had Robert Woods not suffered a knee injury? Hard to say. We thought going in he’d get between 35-40 snaps, so this figure wasn’t all that different.

Seantrel Henderson pretty much split the work down the middle with Jordan Mills. Henderson go 34 snaps (52%) and Mills had 35 (54%).

On defense James Ihedigbo got 18 snaps good for 25 percent of the defensive plays. Robert Blanton still saw most of the work at safety opposite Corey Graham as he got 48 snaps for 66 percent of the workload. But he left on the second to last play with a foot injury.

Kevon Seymour, who was the primary nickel corner Sunday, got 40 snaps (55%) to Nickell Robey-Coleman’s 15 snaps (21%).

Ronald Darby after a week of competition in practice started Sunday, played well, and got 68 snaps (93%) to Corey White’s four snaps (5%).


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Harvin hungry for more work

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2016 – 11:05 am

The day after his first game in more than a calendar year, Percy Harvin says he felt great. Granted he played only 21 snaps against Seattle a little over two weeks ago, but he was encouraged by the way his body responded to the most intense work it’s seen in a year. That’s why he’s eager to get more work on the field and contribute more on offense today.

“From what I’m hearing, I think I’m going to be full-go,” said Harvin. “How many plays? I don’t know yet. I definitely practiced the whole time this week. Got a lot more reps and a lot of reps with the [first team]. So I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and keep preparing myself. When game time comes, I’ll let the coaches handle that part.”

Harvin is expected to start opposite Robert Woods at receiver. And though his workload is expected to increase appreciably from 21 snaps at Seattle, to expect 60-70 snaps might be a bit premature.

“He’s going to get some opportunities,” said offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn. “He’ll start, but he’ll probably still be in a limited role because you can’t sit out a year and come back and jump in in two weeks and I think he saw that last week. But he’s done some good things in practice and I’m looking forward to see him make some plays.”


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Lynn: Harvin will probably start

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2016 – 4:12 pm

He’s been on Buffalo’s roster for three weeks, his legs are back underneath him and the Bills offensive staff believes he’s ready for an expanded role in the team’s passing attack. But to expect a full workload on offense for Percy Harvin is not yet realistic.

Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn confirmed that Harvin is likely to get the starting nod at receiver opposite Robert Woods. Expecting him to play the full complement of starter reps however, is another thing entirely.

“He’s going to get some opportunities. He’s probably going to start. He’ll start, but he’ll probably still be in a limited role because you can’t sit out a year and come back and jump in in two weeks and I think he saw that last week,” said Lynn. “But he’s doing some good things in practice and I’m looking forward to see him make some plays.”


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Harvin, Z. Brown not at practice

Posted by Chris Brown on November 14, 2016 – 3:03 pm

The Bills got an extra practice in on Monday coming off their bye week, but there were a couple of notable players not in attendance during the media viewing portion of practice.

LB Zach Brown and WR Percy Harvin were not in on hand Monday. No word from the team as to why, since an injury report does not have to be provided by the club until Wednesday. We should know more at that time if both are still absent from practice.

Meanwhile Corbin Bryant (shoulder) and Brandon Tate (concussion) were still sidelined and unable to participate due to injury.


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Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on November 7, 2016 – 7:00 pm

Here is the list of Bills inactives for tonight’s game against the Seahawks on Monday Night Football.

DT Marcell Dareus
DT Corbin Bryant
WR Brandon Tate
OL Patrick Lewis
TE Gerald Christian
QB Cardale Jones
OT Seantrel Henderson

LB Lorenzo Alexander is active. He was questionable with a strained hamstring. So too are the newest Bills, WR Percy Harvin and S Sergio Brown, who is expected to play a role on special teams.


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Harvin expected to play Monday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2016 – 2:03 pm

The Bills signed WR Percy Harvin out of retirement Tuesday. On Monday night he’s expected to be up for the Bills in their lineup at Seattle. 

“I fee good about Percy,” said head coach Rex Ryan. 

How much Harvin will play is the question. It’s expected that he’ll have a reduced role having been out of football, but the Bills are desperate for playmakers in their passing game. 


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Fan Friday 11-4

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2016 – 2:25 pm

Prime time game for the Bills on Monday night. Tough place to play, but hopefully they put their best performance together in all three phases for this one. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills do you see the #bills picking up Tyrod’s option if they finish at or below .500 & don’t make playoffs?

Ben Reich
@Ben_Reich

CB: I know there have been a lot of opinions about where this team should go with Tyrod Taylor moving forward. The expectations were high and the passing game has taken a step back this season. I don’t think there’s any debate about that. Not having Sammy Watkins in the lineup is certainly a factor, along with just about every member of the supporting cast in the passing game missing some time.

Here’s what every Bills fan that wants to move on from Tyrod Taylor needs to think about no matter what the Bills record is at the end of the season.

Can you do better?

I understand fans WANT better production and more consistent production from the quarterback position. But the bigger question is CAN you find better production and more consistent production in another quarterback?

Any quarterback in the draft is just a projection, an educated guess. Set to become free agents are QBs like Case Keenum, Kirk Cousins, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Hoyer (injured), Geno Smith, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder.

Everyone has an opinion on the quarterbacks listed above, but one would be hard pressed to say that you could do better drawing from that list.

I do still want to see more from Taylor and there’s a half of a season to play. So let’s see what he provides and hopefully it convinces everyone one way or the other.

I just think before anyone decides to toss him overboard that you see what the alternatives are and think long and hard about what you’re wishing for and what’s really out there.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills 

It seems as though @ajwilliams23 was the leader in secondary, who do you see stepping up and fillin that leader role #Bills

Nick amidon@namidon1004

CB: As we covered in our daily Bills Today column earlier this week, Robert Blanton is going to be the primary replacement at safety and will line up alongside Corey Graham in the secondary at safety. Aaron Williams is a loss from the defensive backfield.

As far as leadership however, Corey Graham is a more than capable leader and a vocal one at that. So in terms of veteran leadership they’re covered there.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills 

Is Dareus tradeable this offseason? Large contract to unload but even if we could walk from it for someone else with those $

BC72
@bchud1972

CB: Short answer here. Not tradeable. If you traded him you would have more than $45M in dead money accelerate onto your cap. Not a viable option. Not an option next year either. Dead cap money would still be upwards of $32M.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills what should we expect from Percy this week? What’s the timetable on Sammys return?

Jon Snow 2016@RobRage38

CB: I think if Harvin plays we’re going to see a package of plays from him, something like 15-20 plays. While he is in shape to perform like we’re used to seeing Harvin perform, I don’t think he’s in the kind of football shape that would allow him to play 50-60 plays on Monday night. I think you risk exposing him to injury if that kind of demand is put on him after not being in a football setting for more than a calendar year.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills Is Reggie Bush going to be KR/PR? Powell?

Kevin@KevinMassare

CB: With Brandon Tate not expected to play Monday night (concussion protocol) Reggie Bush would be the next man up on kick return. Mike Gillislee is another consideration there. If he dresses for Monday night there’s always a chance that Percy Harvin gets a crack on a return as well.

 


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Friday practice to tell more on Harvin status

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2016 – 9:00 am

Thursday was Percy Harvin’s first practice with the Bills. By all accounts things went well. The coaching staff didn’t overwork him on purpose as he was eased back into football related activities following a long layoff. Though he’s in shape, he’s not in football shape. That is what makes him a bit of a question mark for Monday’s game.

“I’m not sure right now,” said Harvin of playing Monday night in Seattle. “That’s coach’s decision. We are just going to see how we keep going on this week. A heavier load should be [coming] (today), so I’ll have a better feel for it.”

It’s clear that both Harvin and the athletic training staff want to take a slow and steady approach in getting Harvin’s body literally up to the speed of the NFL game, which is hard to replicate no matter what type of training one does on their own.

“I want to be smart with my body,” said Harvin. “The training staff, the coaches and myself – we’re all on the same page, so the thing is just to start up and just gradually keep getting better.”


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Preston Brown’s mom is Harvin news breaker

Posted by Chris Brown on November 1, 2016 – 1:40 pm

Preston Brown’s mom played the role of news breaker this morning. Here’s how.

Buffalo’s linebacker was heading to the locker room from a weight lifting session when he saw a text from his mom. In the text was a picture of Percy Harvin, which was Brown’s first knowledge of the impeding signing of the receiver.

“My mom texted me a picture of Percy so I’m guessing he’s coming back,” said Brown late this morning.

The signing was made official early Tuesday afternoon.


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Multiple reports: Harvin decides to retire

Posted by Chris Brown on April 14, 2016 – 5:38 pm

He had been contemplating it for some time as a persistent hip injury proved stubborn in cooperating. But now according to multiple reports WR Percy Harvin has made the decision to retire from football.

That according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Pro Football Talk.

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The Bills were interested in bringing Harvin back into the fold for their 2016 season, but the receiver was on the fence about continuing his playing career.

Harvin’s decision was a difficult one knowing careers typically do not end at the age of 27. But the wide receiver’s body simply would not allow him to endure the rigors and demands of the NFL game. He appeared in just five games for the Bills last season before his hip injury sent him to the sidelines for the remainder of the season.

The receiver tried everything to manage his hip injury from taking days off from practice to platelet rich plasma injections to promote faster healing. None of it proved effective and Harvin apparently determined he did not want to try to make a go of it and try to reboot his career in 2016.


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Report: Harvin unlikely to play in 2016

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2016 – 3:25 pm

The future playing career of WR Percy Harvin again appears to be in doubt at least in terms of the 2016 season.

That according to FOX Sports Peter Schrager.

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Harvin’s recent injury history has likely been the driving force behind his difficulty in coming down to a definitive decision as to which direction his career will take. It was the main problem last season with the Bills when a persistent hip injury would not allow him to perform in the fashion he was accustomed to. It’s likely a situation where in his heart he still has a passion to play, but his body might not be able to cooperate and keep up with the demands of the NFL game.


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Report: Harvin “definitely” playing, but where?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 31, 2016 – 8:20 am

The Buffalo Bills have been extremely patient with WR Percy Harvin as he took months to mull over whether he wanted to continue his playing career following a very frustrating 2015 season when a chronic hip problem never improved despite exhausting all treatment options. Now he reportedly has made the decision to play in 2016. The question that remains is who will he decide to suit up for in the fall?

According to Pro Football Talk, Harvin will “definitely” play football in 2016. Buffalo has a standing offer for Harvin if he wants to return. Per PFT there are offers from other teams as well. What Harvin is waiting for is unclear. If there was one offer that far outweighed the others in terms of money he likely would’ve signed already.

Perhaps the Harvin camp is hoping that this report would beat the NFL bushes a bit and prompt a new team to enter the mix and make an offer that’s just a bit better than what’s available to him now.

Harvin would likely re-assume the number two receiver role in Buffalo should he re-sign with the Bills, the same role he held heading into last season before his hip injury became a major issue.


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Tyrod hoping Harvin can return

Posted by Chris Brown on March 3, 2016 – 1:02 pm

It may not even be feasible with respect to the Bills salary cap, but if Tyrod Taylor had his way he’d successfully convince WR Percy Harvin to re-sign with Buffalo this offseason.

In an interview with Bleacher Report NFL analyst Jason Cole, Taylor said he’d like to get Harvin back in the Bills receiving corps.

“I actually grew up playing high school sports against him. He was unbelievable in high school, and he still is,” said Taylor. “That’s the plan. Ultimately, it’s up to him and it’s about his health. I know he’s a competitive guy. If he can play, I think he will. But I know he doesn’t want to go out there if he’s not where he needs to be physically.”

Bills head coach Rex Ryan was asked about the potential of Harvin returning last week at the NFL Combine.

“We’re always hoping for a return with all our players, we’ll see how things shake out,” said Ryan. “You know Percy, that’s a real unfortunate thing you know we only had Percy for five games but he helped win two of those games himself so obviously he’s a great talent but we’ll see how things go.”


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Bills open to a Harvin return

Posted by Chris Brown on January 22, 2016 – 9:28 am

Percy Harvin’s first year with the Bills did not go how anyone had planned. A persistent hip injury compromised his weekly availability as the receiver appeared in just five games in 2015. He also has an automatic opt-out clause in his contract, which will make him a free agent against this offseason. Still, Buffalo’s front office remains interested in returning him to their receiving corps in 2016.

Bills GM Doug Whaley, appearing on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Friday, indicated that the club would like to bring Harvin back once he’s got a clean bill of health.

“Absolutely. No doubt about it,” said Whaley. “Obviously the first thing for Percy is he’s got to get completely healthy. Once he’s healthy we’ll reach out to his guy and explain that we’d like to have him back. I think when he was on the field people took notice and he helped us when Sammy was out. So we would love to have him back.”

Knowing Buffalo’s tight cap situation, the Bills would probably only re-sign Harvin to a cost-conscious type contract.


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Rex gets sense Harvin wants to play in 2016

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2015 – 2:54 pm

There were a myriad of reports just before midseason that Percy Harvin, who was ultimately placed on injured reserve by the Bills, that the 27-year old receiver was considering retirement. Bills head coach Rex Ryan has maintained contact with Harvin and said Monday he gets the sense that Harvin intends to continue his playing career.

“I’ve talked to him a couple of times, but just texts back and forth,” said Ryan. “I think I’ve talked to him once and I’ve texted him a few times. More about a personal variety than about where he is on the injury front. I get the sense he wants to play. He had the surgery because he wants to play.”

Ryan did disclose the nature of Harvin’s surgery, but he had been dealing with a persistent hip injury. Harvin tried everything from platelet rich plasma injections to sitting out every Wednesday practice. He appeared in five games this season.


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Rex on Harvin: He did all he could to play

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2015 – 11:07 pm

While Rex Ryan was elated to have finally posted a home win after three straight losses at home, he did turn solemn when asked about Percy Harvin’s injury problems after being placed on injured reserve Saturday.

Ryan shed some light on Harvin’s condition, which involves chronic pain in his knee and hip.

“He’s in chronic pain,” said Ryan. “It was something we were hoping he could come back from the things, but technically it’s the knee the quad, he’s just in chronic pain. This kid did everything he could to play. That’s the sad part about it. He wanted to play in the worst way. He’d be here all the time, all through the break, cold tubs, whatever we thought could get him better this kid tried. But at the end of the day he just couldn’t do it. That’s a real shame.”

There were reports early Sunday that although Harvin intends to continue his NFL career, he is slated for knee surgery this week. Ryan would only confirm that the receiver would be undergoing some kind of procedure.

“I don’t know the exact thing about knee surgery or whatever, but I know he is having a procedure,” said Ryan. “That much I know.”


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Report: Harvin to have knee surgery, resume career

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2015 – 7:20 am

On Saturday the Bills placed WR Percy Harvin on injured reserve with a knee injury. Now come reports that Harvin will have knee surgery this coming week and fully intends to resume his playing career.

That according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who reported this morning that despite reports to the contrary Harvin fully intends to continue playing football in 2016.

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Harvin is just 27-years old. He signed a three-year deal with the Bills this past spring, but the last two years of the contract are voidable. So Harvin could potentially become a free agent again this coming March.


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Rex: Harvin committed to team

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2015 – 5:04 pm

Bills WR Percy Harvin didn’t practice on Monday as he continues to deal with his ailing hip, but as far as Rex Ryan is concerned there is no worry about the receiver’s commitment to the team.

“Yeah, without question,” said Ryan. “Without question—that’s the least of our concern with him. I know he wants to play.  He desperately wants to contribute to this team.”

When asked about the chances of Harvin being able to play on Sunday against Miami, Ryan took the wait and see approach.

“Percy is good, he’s in the building. He’s in the training room today,” said Ryan. “We’ll see how it goes. He wants to play and wants to contribute to this team. We’ll see how the week progresses to see where he’s at.”


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Report: Harvin, team doctors evaluate WR’s hip

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2015 – 9:44 am

Bills WR Percy Harvin has been dealing with a persistent hip ailment since training camp. According to reports, Harvin and the team’s medical staff have re-evaluated his condition.

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Bills head coach Rex Ryan is expected to address Harvin’s situation along with that of several other Bills players coming off injury including QB Tyrod Taylor and WR Sammy Watkins after the team’s Monday practice, which takes place later this morning.


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