“It’s still a personal reason that he’s out and we’ll address it as soon as we get more answers on it,” Whaley said in a statement on the team’s website. “We knew the situation and what was going on with him. We found out early last week that he needed to take some time for personal reasons.”
“We’re going to focus this week on this game and when we get back we’ll reach out to him and see where he is.”
Harvin, who sat out the Bills’s Week 6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals with a hip injury, was ruled out for Buffalo’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Coach Rex Ryan said in a press conference Thursday that he did not know where Harvin was, and Whaley told ESPN’s Mike Rodak that he had not spoken to Harvin.
On Thursday, conflicting reports emerged regarding Harvin’s consideration of retirement. Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reported that Harvin was thinking about retiring. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Harvin was upset about being sidelined indefinitely with injuries, but was not planning on retiring.
Whaley did not divulge details on the severity of Harvin’s injury.
“We’ll just keep that in-house,” Whaley said. “I know there’s a lot of other things that are going on that it’s just not strictly injury related.”
- Erin Flynn