Damien Harris, the New England Patriots’ leading rusher, was limited in practice on Wednesday due to a finger injury. While the issue isn’t expected to keep the third-year back out of Sunday’s game against the Saints, ESPN NFL insider Mike Reiss says it’s a “situation to monitor” heading into practice on Thursday.
Harris has been the team’s lead back for the first half of the season, logging a team-high 67 snaps and 39 rushing attempts.
A finger injury was deemed significant enough to limit RB Damien Harris in practice Wednesday. This will be a situation to monitor Thursday.
Patriots RB snaps through 2 weeks:
🏈 Harris: 67
🏈 James White: 57
🏈 Rhamondre Stevenson: 5
🏈 J.J. Taylor: 5
🏈 Brandon Bolden: 2
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 23, 2021
Harris is coming off a strong performance in the Pats’ season-opening victory. The 24-year-old RB dominated the New England rushing game with 23 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown, including the NFL’s undisputed power run of the year so far. With only 12 yards on four carries,
James White was the team’s next leading rusher.
DAMIEN HARRIS WOULD NOT BE DENIED 😤
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 19, 2021
As rookie quarterback Mac Jones adjusts to the NFL game, the Patriots have leaned heavily on Harris. And he’ll undoubtedly be needed again this weekend against a stout Saints’ defensive line. The official injury report for Thursday will be released later today. As we get closer to the 1-1 Patriots’ third game of the season, stay tuned for updates on Harris’ finger injury. 007