The Seahawks' Week 9 opponent signed a familiar face on Tuesday that could see the field when Seattle lines up for its next game on Monday night.
Percy Harvin has come out of retirement to rejoin the Buffalo Bills, the team announced today. Harvin, 28, who was a member of the Seahawks' Super Bowl XLVIII-winning team, played five games for Buffalo in 2015 before being sidelined by a hip injury, a setback that ultimately factored into his decision to walk away from the game earlier this year.
"Percy is a guy that worked so hard," Bills head coach Rex Ryan said via the team’s official website. "It's either full speed (or nothing), and sometimes you try to back him down a little bit, but that's why last year he was so frustrated that he wasn't able to contribute more to our team. He just needed some time away from the game to get healed up. So hopefully we catch lightning in a bottle so to speak and Percy is back to himself."
Harvin had 19 catches for 218 yards and a touchdown last year for Buffalo, and because of his familiarity with the Bills' offensive system, Buffalo general manager Doug Whaley indicated it's possible Harvin could suit up to face his former team on Monday Night Football in Seattle.
"That's my boy," Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor said of Harvin's return. "I'm very excited that he's back."
The Bills are hoping Harvin's signing will bolster a position group that has been hampered by injuries in 2016. The club put last year's leading receiver Sammy Watkins on injured reserve earlier this season and saw Greg Salas join him a short time later. Robert Woods, this year's leading receiver, has been playing through a foot injury, and Brandon Tate and Marquise Goodwin have suffered concussions in recent weeks. The Bills currently rank 31st in the League with 179 passing yards per game.
Seattle traded Harvin to the New York Jets early in the 2014 season. He played in six regular-season games for the Seahawks, recording 23 catches for 150 yards, rushing 11 times for 92 yards, and adding 341 yards in the return game.