Damien Harris

New England Patriots
Running Back #34
New England Patriots
Running Back #34
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Scripted out of playoff loss

Harris rushed the ball nine times for 30 yards in Saturday's 47-17 loss to Buffalo. He added one reception for seven yards.

Analysis: In line with the rest of the Patriots' offense, Harris struggled to produce in New England's blowout loss to Buffalo in the wild-card round. He handled the majority of the work out of the backfield while the game was competitive, though the team was forced to largely abandon the run game after falling behind 27-0 by halftime. Even in his limited opportunity, Harris struggled to only 3.3 yards per carry despite a long 14-yard gain early in the third quarter. Harris ended the regular season with a career-high 929 yards and 15 touchdowns, and he should enter the 2022 campaign as New England's primary rusher once again.

Jan 15, 2022 9:09 PM EST


Suiting up Saturday

Harris (hamstring) is listed as active for Saturday night's game against the Bills.

Analysis: Harris was limited at practice this past week as he continues to manage a hamstring issue, but he's available to head the Patriots' rushing attack in the team's playoff opener, with Rhamondre Stevenson in line to see a portion of New England's early-down work and Brandon Bolden on hand to work in a change-of-pace role. In 15 regular-season games, Harris logged 202 carries for 929 yards and 15 TDs, while adding 18 catches for 132 yards. He'll continue to see his share of work Saturday in chilly conditions against a Buffalo defense that has allowed an average of 109.8 rushing yards per game to date.

Jan 15, 2022 3:52 PM EST



Listed as questionable for Saturday's contest

Harris (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Saturday night's playoff game against the Bills after practicing in a limited fashion this week, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Patriots list 13 players as questionable for the contest, but of that group we suspect that Harris is among those who are closer to the 'probable' designation once utilized on NFL injury reports. To be safe, those considering Harris in fantasy lineups this weekend are advised to confirm his status ahead of Saturday's 8:15 ET kickoff, but assuming he's active he'll be in line to head the team's rushing attack versus Buffalo, with Rhamondre Stevenson on hand to see a portion of the team's early-down work and Brandon Bolden available as a change-of-pace option.

Jan 13, 2022 2:24 PM EST


Remains limited at practice

Harris (hamstring) logged another limited practice Wednesday.

Analysis: While there's a solid chance that Harris is limited again Thursday and officially listed as questionable ahead of Saturday night's playoff opener against the Bills, there's been nothing to suggest that the running back won't be available to head the Patriots' backfield this weekend. Assuming Harris is active, Rhamondre Stevenson would also be in line to see a portion of the team's early-down work, while Brandon Bolden would handle change-of-pace snaps.

Jan 12, 2022 2:38 PM EST


Limited on practice estimate

Harris (hamstring) was estimated as a limited participant on Tuesday's practice report.

Analysis: Harris picked up a hamstring injury during a Week 13 win in Buffalo, which subsequently kept him on the sideline in the Patriots' next game Week 15 at Indianapolis. While his practice reps have been capped for three weeks in the meantime, he proceeded to suit up Weeks 16-18, accounting for 38 carries for 175 yards and six touchdowns to go with five catches (on six targets) for 48 yards. During that same stretch, Rhamondre Stevenson notched 24 touches in two appearances, while Brandon Bolden had 16 touches in three. The Patriots haven't been shy involving each of the trio from game to game, but assuming Harris is active for Saturday's wild-card contest against the Bills he should be the lead runner yet again.

Jan 11, 2022 1:11 PM EST



Finds end zone in loss

Harris carried the ball 11 times for 37 yards and a touchdown and caught all four of his targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 33-24 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: The Patriots deployed a three-headed backfield, with Brandon Bolden (nine touches) and Rhamondre Stevenson (five touches despite missing part of the game with a head injury) also seeing significant action, but Harris was the busiest and most productive of the trio. He finishes the regular season with an impressive 15 rushing touchdowns in addition to 1,061 scrimmage yards, both career highs, and he figures to be a major part of the game plan Saturday in the wild-card round as the Patriots face a Bills defense he gashed for 214 rushing yards and four TDs in their two prior meetings this season.

Jan 9, 2022 10:14 PM EST


Suits up Sunday

Harris (hamstring) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Harris was forced out of last weekend's blowout win over the Jaguars with a hamstring issue, but it's something that he downplayed afterward and he'll be available Sunday on the heels of a full week of limited practices. Assuming no setbacks with his hamstring, Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson are in line to share the Patriots' early down work versus Miami, while Brandon Bolden handles his usual change-of-pace duties.

Jan 9, 2022 12:07 PM EST


Listed as questionable for Sunday

Harris (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins after practicing in a limited fashion this past week.

Analysis: Harris continues to manage a hamstring issue that forced him out of last weekend's blowout win over the Jaguars, but it's something that the running back downplayed afterward. With that and his ability to practice all week in mind, we'd be surprised if Harris wasn't available for Sunday's 4:25 ET contest. Assuming he's active, Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson would be in line to share the Patriots' early down work versus Miami, while Brandon Bolden handles change-of-pace duties.

Jan 7, 2022 1:47 PM EST


Remains limited Thursday

Harris (hamstring) remained limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: Harris downplayed his current hamstring issue during the Patriots' Week 17 post-game press conference and his participation in practice both Wednesday and Thursday bodes well for his availability for this weekend's game against the Dolphins. Still, it seems likely that the Patriots will officially list Harris as questionable ahead of Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff.

Jan 6, 2022 2:38 PM EST


Limited practice Wednesday

Harris (hamstring) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Harris has been managing a hamstring issue of late, but given that he was forced out of this past Sunday's win over the Jaguars, it's actually encouraging that he practiced in a limited fashion. The running back downplayed the injury during the Patriots' Week 17 post-game press conference and his presence at practice Wednesday supports the notion that he'll be available for this Sunday's game against the Dolphins, even if he heads into the weekend with a Week 18 injury designation.

Jan 5, 2022 2:59 PM EST


Downplays hamstring issue

When asked about the hamstring issue that forced him out of Sunday's 50-10 win over the Jaguars, Harris replied, "I'm good."

Analysis: Given that the running had been managing a hamstring injury heading into the contest and that the game turned into a blowout, it seems plausible that Harris gave way to Rhamondre Stevenson as a precaution. While it appears as though Harris avoided a serious setback, we'd still expect him to be limited in practice as next Sunday's game against the Dolphins approaches.

Jan 2, 2022 1:44 PM EST


Injures hamstring

Harris was forced out of Sunday's game against the Jaguars with a hamstring injury.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from the contest, Harris carried nine times for 35 yards and two TDs and caught one pass for 12 yards. In his absence, Rhamondre Stevenson is in line for added early-down work out of the Patriots' backfield. Harris has been dealing with a hamstring issue of late, so it looks like he may have aggravated that injury. At the very least, look for the running back's practice participation ahead of Week 18 action to be impacted.

Jan 2, 2022 12:31 PM EST


Suits up Sunday

Harris (hamstring) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Analysis: With Harris available and Rhamondre Stevenson back from missing last week's loss to the Bills while on the on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the duo is poised to share the Patriots' early down work Sunday, while Brandon Bolden handles change-of-pace duties. In that context, Harris - who logged an 18/103/3 stat line in Week 16 -- should continue to see enough touches to merit fantasy lineup consideration, despite presumably yielding some carries to Stevenson.

Jan 2, 2022 8:40 AM EST


Listed as questionable for Sunday

Harris (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Harris was able to practice in a limited fashion this week, so we'd be surprised if he isn't available for the contest. Fortunately for those considering him in Week 17 lineups, the Patriots kick off at 1:00 ET on Sunday. Assuming he's active, Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson would be in line to share the team's early-down work, while Brandon Bolden handles change-of-pace duties.

Dec 31, 2021 12:55 PM EST


Remains limited in practice

New England listed Harris (hamstring) as a limited participant in practice Thursday.

Analysis: Harris wasn't able to take a step forward in terms of practice activity after he was also limited Wednesday, but the fact that he was on the field for two straight days in any capacity is a good sign for his chances of playing Sunday against the Jaguars. The release of Friday's injury report will reveal whether Harris carries a designation into the Week 17 matchup.

Dec 31, 2021 6:55 AM EST


Logs limited practice

Harris (hamstring) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: Harris was also limited at practice last week before rushing 18 times for 103 yards and three TDs in this past Sunday's 33-21 loss to Buffalo. With no reported setbacks in the contest, we suspect that his listed limitations are maintenance-related. Assuming he suits up Sunday against the Jaguars, Harris figures to re-enter an early-down time share with Rhamondre Stevenson, who was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Dec 29, 2021 4:12 PM EST


Three TDs not enough in Week 16

Harris (hamstring) rushed 18 times for 103 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 33-21 loss to Buffalo. He wasn't targeted in the passing game.

Analysis: Harris rumbled for a 16-yard touchdown to get New England on the board early in the second quarter. He scored his second touchdown of the day from one yard out in the third quarter, then added his third of the afternoon and 12th of the season from eight yards out in the fourth. The ball came out at the end of Harris' third touchdown and was recovered by the Bills, but Harris was able to cross the goal line before losing possession. This performance answered any questions about the health of Harris' hamstring, but unfortunately for the Patriots, he got no help from the team's passing game or defense. Harris will have a golden opportunity to add to his robust touchdown total in Week 17 against the 2-13 Jaguars.

Dec 26, 2021 1:45 PM EST


Suits up Sunday

Harris (hamstring) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: With Rhamondre Stevenson (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Harris, who last suited up Week 13, figures to log as much early-down work as he can handle Sunday, while Brandon Bolden works in a change-of-pace role and J.J. Taylor is available to handle complementary touches. In that context, Harris merits Week 16 lineup consideration versus a Buffalo defense that he recorded 10 carries for 111 yards and a TD against on Dec. 6 prior to injuring his hamstring.

Dec 26, 2021 8:39 AM EST


Slated to play vs. Bills

Harris (hamstring) remains questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, but he's on track to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Fantasy managers will still want to verify that Harris is active for Week 16, with confirmation on that front arriving when the Patriots release their inactive list 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff. Assuming he suits up, Harris could be in store for a larger workload on the ground than usual, after having picked up either 10 or 11 carries in each of the past three weeks. Rookie Rhamondre Stevenson had turned the Patriots' backfield situation into more of a timeshare of late, but Harris should have a clearer path to the overwhelming share of the carries with Stevenson ruled out after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Dec 26, 2021 5:44 AM EST


Expected to play Sunday

Harris (hamstring) is expected to play Sunday against the Bills, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Harris, who last suited up in Week 13, is listed as questionable after logging limited practices this past week, but should be good to go Sunday, per Rapoport. If he is, with Rhamondre Stevenson on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Harris figures to log as much early-down work as he can handle, while Brandon Bolden (knee/questionable) would be in line to work in a change-of-pace role, if active for the Patriots' 1:00 ET kickoff.

Dec 26, 2021 4:29 AM EST


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