When he rejoined the Bills following a brief retirement Percy Harvin felt spry and healthy. But after appearing in two games Harvin began to experience severe migraine headaches rendering unfit to play in the past two games. On Monday the team made the decision to put Harvin on the reserve/non-football illness list.
Last week when asked about Harvin, head coach Rex Ryan explained how difficult it was to ascertain when or if the receiver would be back in the lineup. He didn't perceive the injury to be season ending, but that is the case now with four games left in the regular season.
"He was doing whatever he could to try to play, but I don't know if that was in his best interest," said head coach Rex Ryan. "We were trying to make sure he's well."
Harvin has dealt with chronic migraines in his career before. It kept him off the field during the early part of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, but Ryan confirmed they had never cropped up in the half season he had Harvin during his last year coaching the Jets or during the 2015 season when hip and knee injuries kept him off the field.
Harvin was signed at the midway point of the 2016 season to bolster a Bills receiving corps that had been crippled by injury. Unfortunately Harvin couldn't offer much before being sidelined himself. After appearing in the Seattle game as more of a decoy in the passing game, he played against Cincinnati, but had just two receptions for six yards.
The 28-year old will likely contemplate retirement a second time after his return proved very brief with his body again not cooperating with the demands of the job.