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Percy Harvin’s return to Bills adds possible spice to Seahawks game Monday night

Percy Harvin came out of retirement he declared in April to sign Tuesday with the Buffalo Bills. They happen to be the Seahawks’ opponent Monday night in Seattle -- where Harvin played his 2013 and ‘14 seasons with injuries and discontent.
Percy Harvin came out of retirement he declared in April to sign Tuesday with the Buffalo Bills. They happen to be the Seahawks’ opponent Monday night in Seattle -- where Harvin played his 2013 and ‘14 seasons with injuries and discontent. AP

Look who’s back in football -- just in time to visit his former Seahawks.

Percy Harvin signed with Buffalo on Tuesday after walking away from the Bills and the NFL in April. The sometimes-puzzling wide receiver’s first game in his resumed career could be Monday night at Seattle, though the Bills may take more time to work him back into playing shape. They have a bye after their Seahawks game.

If Harvin does play it would be his first game against the Seahawks since they traded him in the middle of the 2014 season to the New York Jets for about a bag of kicking tees. That’s how eager Sattle was to rid itself of him, after 1 1/2 seasons of injuries and locker-room fights.

Harvin’s return adds possible spice to Monday night’s game, the Seahawks’ first at home in more than three weeks.

SEAHAWKS’ NEXT OPPONENT

BUFFALO BILLS (4-4)

5:30 p.m. Monday, CenturyLink Field

Against the Seahawks: Bills have lost seven of the previous 12 meetings, but have won two of the last three dating to 2004. These teams haven’t met in the United States in eight years, and the Bills are one of the least familiar opponents for the Seahawks. The last meeting was Dec. 16, 2012, in Toronto when the Bills were playing some of their home games there. Seattle won that 50-17. Russell Wilson that day became the first player in NFL history to run for three touchdowns and pass for a TD in the first half of a game. The Bills last played in Seattle since 2004, a 38-9 win for Buffalo.

Line: Seahawks by 7.

What to know: Percy Harvin – remember him? – came out of retirement Tuesday to join the Bills for the rest of the season. The 28-year-old former Seahawks wide receiver said he was done with football in April after chronic hip injuries. He played five games for Buffalo last season and had 19 catches with a touchdown. That was after the Jets, the team to which Seattle traded Harvin in the middle of the 2014 season, let him go. … Buffalo is a weird team to figure out. Jumped out to 4-2 start, including a startling shutout at New England (though, yes, the Patriots were without suspended Tom Brady). Then lost by three at Miami and by 16 at home to the Patriots with Brady last weekend. … The defense began the season by allowing only 13 points at Baltimore, 18 to Carson Palmer and Arizona, zero to the Patriots. But the last two games the Dolphins and Patriots have scored a combined 69 points. … Buffalo is only 25th in the league against the run, allowing 118 yards per game. … As shaky as the defense has been, it has forced a lot of field goals near its end zone. The Bills are third in red-zone defense and 13th in points allowed per game (21.5). That points-allowed number normally would be higher for all the yards they’ve allowed. … Harvin signed because Buffalo’s offense has had a receivers get hurt all over. Marquise Goodwin, Justin Hunter and Walt Powell were the only healthy Bills WRs before Harvin came back. … Tyrod Taylor, Harvin’s buddy since high school in Virginia, is completing just 58.7 percent of his throws. He is the 11th highest-rated passer in the AFC. But he has taken care of the ball, throwing just two interceptions in 230 passes. … Buffalo is next-to-last in the NFL, ahead of only San Francisco, in passing yards per game (179). … The running game with LeSean McCoy is what makes Buffalo go. McCoy, whom Seahawks coach Pete Carroll tried to recruit to USC a decade ago is sixth in the NFL with 598 yards rushing. His six rushing touchdowns are tied for third-most in the league. … The Bills are second only to Dallas in rushing (159 yards per game). This is a big test for Seattle’s seventh-ranked rushing defense (89.7 yards per game), which slipped last weekend by allowing New Orleans’ backup Tim Hightower to rush for 102 yards. He was the third rusher to get 100 yards on Seattle this season. No one did last season.

Quotable: "We’ll see. I think I could. That’s ultimate coach’s (Rex Ryan’s) decision….I’m self-motivated regardless of what team it is, who I am playing against. … Playing a team doesn’t really matter to me." – Harvin Tuesday when asked by the Buffalo media 1.) Will you be ready to play Monday night? and 2.) Any extra motivation to play against your former Seahawks?

gregg.bell@thenewstribune.com @gbellseattle

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