LONDON -- Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley offered no new details Friday on the status of wide receiver Percy Harvin, who did not accompany the team on its trip here for Sunday's game against Jacksonville.
Whaley echoed the explanation of coach Rex Ryan, saying it was "still a personal reason that he's out." The Buffalo News reported Thursday that Harvin, who missed last Sunday's game against Cincinnati with a hip injury, is contemplating retirement because of the lingering hip problem.
"We'll address it as soon as we get more answers on it," Whaley said in his first comments of the season to media covering the Bills.
Asked when he expected to get more answers, Whaley said, "We're not sure right now." He said "there were a lot of other things that are going on that it's not strictly injury related."
Whaley said the Bills found out early last week that Harvin needed "to take some time for personal reasons." He said the team hasn't been in contact with him this week, keeping its focus on Sunday's game.
"And then when we get back, we'll reach out to him and see where he is," Whaley said.
Members of the Bills' receiving corps, including Robert Woods, are known to have reached out to Harvin to let him know he has their support, according to an NFL source. The coaching staff is known to be perplexed by the whole situation, believing that, with so much talent, Harvin should want to continue playing.
Without Harvin and Sammy Watkins, who will be sidelined with an ankle injury, the Bills are down to Woods, Chris Hogan, and Denarius Moore as their primary three receivers. It is, to say the least, a severe test of their depth at the position.
"Luckily, we've got Denarius Moore, we've got those" other receivers "coming in and they're going to have to step up, just like anything," Whaley said. "Injuries are going to be a part of it, situations arise that you just don't know about it, and it tests your depth. Obviously, depth is something that we're trying to build and when you put backup players in there, you expect them to play as well as they can.
"And our expectations aren't going to dip, but it's a challenge."