Patriots Place N’Keal Harry On IR

The Patriots are placing rookie first-round pick N’Keal Harry on injured reserve, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. The wide receiver has been battling an ankle injury all summer and he’ll need at least the rest of the fall to heal up.

The good news is that Harry is still expected to return this season. Per league rules, Harry must sit out a minimum of eight weeks before suiting up.

Harry has been sidelined since suffering an injury in the preseason opener. You wouldn’t know it from talking to him, but Bill Belichick is enthused to see what he can do once he’s on the field. Before taking the Arizona State product, Belichick had never before used a first round pick on a wide receiver.

Without Harry, look for the Patriots to lean even more on Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon. That is, if Edelman’s thumb heals up in time to take on the Steelers on Sunday.

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  1. This looks like a good plan by Pats because the chances are pretty good that either Thomas will get dinged up or Gordon will screw up halfway through the season.

  2. Dorothy_Mantooth

    Such a bummer…was really looking forward to see Harry on the field in Week 1. The plot thickens when Cam Meredith comes off the PUP list after week 6 as well. Let’s hope Harry can heal up, get some solid reps in practice and start contributing as soon as Week 9.

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