Garafolo adds that Buffalo is essentially declaring Harvin’s absence from the team as unexcused.
Yesterday, HC Rex Ryan said Harvin’s decision to not travel to London for their Week 7 game against the Jaguars was “personal” and they listed him on the injury report as non-injury related.
Reports from earlier in the day mentioned that Harvin is considering the possibility of retiring from the NFL, due to the hip issues he’s dealt with for a number of year now. Garafolo’s sources have said that Harvin has told the Bills he’s considering walking away.
According to Garafolo, it could cost Harvin over $4.5 million if he elects to retire from the NFL.
Garafolo believes this situation could ultimately result in a standoff of sorts between the Bills and Harvin over the money owed to him.
According to Carucci’s sources, Harvin is deciding whether he wants to continue playing after his latest hip injury. Carucci’s source said that the Bills are “comfortable with the possibility of moving on without.”
However, Adam Schefter reports that Harvin “increasingly frustrated” with his hip and knee injuries, which are expected to sideline him indefinitely, but he is not considering retirement.
As of now, Harvin is at home as he tries to figure out what’s wrong with his hip and how this will impact his future, according to Ian Rapoport.
Harvin is expected to be out an extended period of time, due to this injury, which is why there’s some question as to whether or not he could call it a career. Jason La Canfora notes that Harvin has actually developed knee issues as a result of trying to compensate for his hip problems.
In fact, Albert Breer points out that Harvin’s hip was flagged by teams at the 2009 NFL Combine, which goes to show how long he’s been dealing with these types of issues.
Harvin, 27, signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Bills back in March after the Jets cut him loose.
This season, Harvin has appeared in five games and caught 19 passes for 218 yards receiving to go along with five carries and 31 yards rushing (6.2 YPC) and one total touchdown.
We’ll have more regarding Harvin’s timetable as the news is available.