‘Refreshed’ Percy Harvin ‘ready to go’ after return to Bills
Percy Harvin surprised the NFL world on Tuesday by coming out of retirement and returning to the Buffalo Bills. Harvin, who called it quits after a disappointing 2015 campaign, says the time off has helped him feel rejuvenated, in mind, body and spirit.
Harvin said this week that trying to play through injuries last season was a frustrating experience, as he was limited to only 19 receptions for 218 yards and 31 rushing yards on five attempts before heading to injured reserve on Nov. 7. He added retirement helped him recover on his own schedule.
“I think any athlete who wants to perform how he wants to perform and he’s not allowed to do that, it’s very frustrating,” Harvin said, via Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith. “I knew the level I wanted to play at and my body just wouldn’t let me play at that level with my knee. So it was time for me to just step back, let my body heal, without trainers putting a time on it or being rushed. I just wanted to take time off to myself. I was able to relax with my family and just kind of get myself together. I’m refreshed and I’m ready to go.”
Harvin added he felt “at peace” despite playing football for the first time in a long time. He said he instructed his agent not to make any calls but now admits he’s relieved the Bills reached out to him.
“I actually thought I was done,” Harvin said. “… And as those five weeks went by, the next month came and the body started feeling kind of good, so the mind started wondering a little bit.”
The Bills undoubtedly hope Harvin can help inject some life in an anemic passing attack that ranks 31st in the NFL with 179.4 yards per game. While it’s likely it will take some time for the once-multipurpose offensive weapon to shake off a half-season’s worth of rust, his presence on the field alone possibly could serve as a spark.
Harvin will make his return to the gridiron Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks, one of his former teams.