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Bills' Percy Harvin will play Monday vs. Seahawks after ending retirement

Percy Harvin is expected to suit up for the Bills Monday night in Seattle, just six days after coming out of retirement.

"My bag's right here, so it looks like I'm going," Harvin said Saturday in the Bills locker room, beaming. "They gave me the green light."

The Bills' depleted wide receiver corps could certainly use another playmaker, especially with Sammy Watkins to miss at least two more games on injured reserve. The Bills rank 31st in passing yards per game and 28th in passing yards per attempt.

"I feel good about Percy," coach Rex Ryan said. "I didn't say we'd play him 50 snaps, but I think we can play him some, I do.

"He looks good out there. You know, the conditioning part of it and doing the football-specific things are obviously, they're not to where he would be if he was here the whole time," Ryan added. "But I think he can help us."

A week ago, Harvin sat with his son and watched the Bills play the Patriots from his home in Windermere, Fla. This week, he'll be in Seattle facing his former team.

"It sounds crazy," Harvin said, "but at the same time I was working out pretty good. You never can simulate the game as far as running routes and catching the ball from the quarterback, but at the same time I was running, I was working out, I was stretching and doing my yoga, things like that.

"I kept praying and kept staying in shape and when they called, I was just like 'wow,' how things fell back in place for me."

Harvin said his knee feels good after having surgery over the offseason. He isn't worried about taking his first hit.

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"I'm actually looking forward to that," he said. "No matter what year, when I play football, that first hit is what I look forward to, because that's when you know football is back."

As for the surgery, Harvin said it was needed to help with everyday usage, not just playing football.

"I couldn't really drive a car, just from pressing my heel down," he said. "From planting down, cutting to getting out of bed and walking up stairs, everything aggravated it. It just got to a point where waking up in bed and taking a couple steps was bothersome.

"They cleaned up my tendon. I had a lot of tears on the tendon here so they cleaned that up," he added, pointing to the quadriceps tendon just above his scarred right knee. "They have to go in with a scope. It was a new machine they had but it was kind of like a needle and they kind of had to poke it and kind of take away the fibers and hopefully the tendon was repaired."

Harvin and quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who are from the same area in Virginia, connected on 19 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown in five games last season before Harvin was placed on injured reserve.

"Percy is definitely a rare talent," Taylor said earlier this week. "When he has played, he has definitely gone out there and made a bunch of special plays. Like I said, it’s just our job to grow him and to get him ready to be on the field. I’m pretty sure he’s ready for the opportunity."

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