Following the 2023 NFL Draft, Harris is in line to work in a Buffalo backfield that also includes James Cook, Nyheim Hines and Latavius Murray, Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Given that last season's top rusher Devin Singletary is now with the Texans, the Bills' backfield is in transition, with both Getzenberg and Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic indicating that Cook (a 2022 second-rounder) is expected to have an opportunity to carve out a lead role in 2023. That said, as long as Harris remains healthy, he'll have a chance to absorb a decent share of early-down and short-yardage touches, with Hines on hand as a change-of-pace option and Murray providing another early-down option in the event that Cook or Harris miss any time. Additionally, the team gained further RB depth after the draft by signing UDFA Jordan Mims.
May 1, 2023 9:52 AM EST
Harris rushed 13 times for 48 yards and caught one of four targets for four yards in Sunday's 35-23 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Harris split carries with Rhamondre Stevenson in what could be Harris' last game as a Patriot. The 25-year-old running back will be an unrestricted free agent after rushing 106 times for 462 yards and three touchdowns in his fourth NFL season. Harris scored 15 rushing touchdowns in 2021, but injuries limited him to 11 appearances in 2022.
Jan 8, 2023 3:53 PM EST
Harris (thigh/personal) rushed nine times for 32 yards and brought in all three targets for 18 yards in the Patriots' 23-21 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.
Analysis: Harris' return from a four-game absence was largely unremarkable, but he was able to supplement his modest rushing production with a more active day than usual through the air. Harris' three catches were a season high, and the fourth-year pro could be due for a more prominent role on the ground in a key Week 18 divisional battle against the Bills on the road.
Jan 1, 2023 2:55 PM EST
Harris (thigh/personal) practiced fully Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site reports.
Analysis: After missing the Patriots' last four games, Harris is poised to rejoin the team's backfield mix and in the process figures to work in tandem with Rhamondre Stevenson, assuming Stevenson is able to continue to play through an ankle injury that has him listed as questionable after logging limited practices this week. Assuming both backs are available this weekend, Harris would profile as a hit-or-miss fantasy option in his return to action, in the context of a time-share.
Dec 30, 2022 1:17 PM EST
Harris (thigh/personal) returned to practice Friday, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site reports.
Analysis: Friday's injury report will clarify Harris' participation level, but chances are he'll be deemed limited and approach Sunday's game against the Dolphins listed as questionable. Harris last saw game action in Week 12 versus the Vikings.
Dec 30, 2022 9:28 AM EST
Harris (thigh) was absent from Thursday's practice due to a personal matter, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site reports.
Analysis: The thigh injury has prevented Harris from playing in the Patriots' last four games and rendered him a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, but New England is attributing his absence Thursday solely to the personal matter. If Harris returns to practice Friday, there's a good chance he'll be re-listed with the thigh issue, so he's not necessarily in the clear on the health front. Regardless, the Patriots will wait until the conclusion of Friday's practice before deciding whether Harris carries a designation into Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
Dec 29, 2022 1:21 PM EST
Harris (thigh) wasn't spotted at practice Thursday, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site reports.
Analysis: Harris logged a limited practice Wednesday, so his reported absence Thursday is notable. What he's able to do Friday will be pivotal with regard to his chances of playing Sunday against the Dolphins, but if Harris remains sidelined this weekend, Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle, limited Wednesday) would presumably be in line to continue to lead the Patriots' backfield in Week 17.
Dec 29, 2022 10:06 AM EST
Harris (thigh) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Harris last saw game action in Week 12, but his continued ability to practice in a limited fashion offers hope that he could potentially return to action Sunday against the Dolphins. If so, Harris would look to reclaim of a portion of the Patriots' Week 17 backfield duties alongside Rhamondre Stevenson (also limited Wednesday), who's been playing through an ankle issue of late.
Dec 28, 2022 2:13 PM EST
Harris (thigh) is inactive for Saturday's game against the Bengals.
Analysis: With Harris -- who last saw game action in week 12 -- still unavailable, Rhamondre Stevenson will continue to pace the Patriots' backfield Saturday as long as his ankle holds up, with rookies Pierre Strong and Kevin Harris on hand to work in complementary roles. Harris' next chance to see game action will arrive in Week 17 against the Dolphins.
Dec 24, 2022 8:48 AM EST
Harris (thigh) who is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Bengals, is viewed as a game-time decision for the contest, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Rapoport adds that Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle) is likely to be available versus Cincinnati, while the status of Harris -- who last saw game action in Week 12 -- could hinge on how he feels in warmups. Fortunately for those considering either of the two running backs in Week 16 lineups, the Patriots kick off at 1:00 ET on Saturday.
Dec 24, 2022 5:10 AM EST
Harris (thigh) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Bengals, Evan Lazar of the Patriots official sitereports.
Analysis: Harris last saw game action in Week 12, but after having logged limited practices both last week and this week, the running back could rejoin the Patriots' backfield mix this weekend. Fellow running back Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle) is also listed as questionable by the team, but given that he played through his ankle issue in Week 15 versus the Raiders, we'd be surprised if he didn't give a go versus Cincinnati. In the event that both players are active, how much work Harris would be in line to see would remain to be seen, but as long as Stevenson is available, the time-share figures to tilt in his favor following a 19/172/1 effort against Las Vegas.
Dec 22, 2022 2:42 PM EST
Harris (thigh) was listed as limited at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Harris, who last suited up in Week 12, appears to be trending toward being listed as limited for Saturday's game against the Bengals. The same applies to Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle, limited Wednesday), but he was able to tough things out in Week 15 en route to carrying 19 times for 172 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' loss to the Raiders. If both backs end up active versus Cincinnati, Harris would profile as a hit-or-miss fantasy option while working alongside Stevenson.
Dec 21, 2022 2:49 PM EST
Harris (thigh) is listed as a limited participant on Tuesday's practice report estimate.
Analysis: Harris was limited all last week and ended up missing another game while Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle) ran for 172 yards in a loss to the Raiders. Even if Harris is back this Sunday against Cincinnati, it'll likely be in a secondary role off the bench.
Dec 20, 2022 1:50 PM EST
Harris (thigh) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Analysis: Fellow running back Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle) remains listed as questionable after returning to a limited practice Friday, but with Harris out, rookies Pierre Strong and Kevin Harris are candidates to log added Week 15 snaps, especially if Stevenson ends up being sidelined or limited Sunday. Moreover, it's possible that J.J. Taylor could be elevated from the team's practice squad. Damien Harris will now target a potential return to action a week from Saturday against the Bengals.
Dec 17, 2022 8:10 AM EST
Harris (thigh) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders after practicing in a limited fashion this week, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site reports.
Analysis: Meanwhile, Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle) is also listed as questionable after returning to a limited practice Friday. The duo's status is thus worth monitoring as Sunday's 4:05 ET kickoff approaches, but if either Harris (who has missed New England's last two games) or Stevenson end up sidelined or limited versus Las Vegas, added Week 15 backfield touches would be available for rookies Pierre Strong and Kevin Harris.
Dec 16, 2022 2:58 PM EST
Harris (thigh) remained limited at practice Thursday.
Analysis: While it's encouraging that Harris, who has missed two straight games, has logged back-to-back limited showings at practice, Chris Mason of masslive.com suggests that the running back "doesn't look particularly close to 100 percent." That said, in terms of Sunday's game against the Raiders, Harris seems to have a better chance of playing than Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle), who has yet to practice this week.
Dec 15, 2022 3:23 PM EST
Harris (thigh) returned to a limited practice Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: After having missed two straight games, Harris seems to be trending in the right direction ahead of Sunday's contest against the Raiders. His status gains added import this week, with fellow RB Rhamondre Stevenson absent from Wednesday's practice due to an ankle injury.
Dec 14, 2022 3:13 PM EST
Harris (thigh) was present for practice Wednesday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: Harris has missed two straight games, but his presence at practice Wednesday suggests that the running back could return to action Sunday against the Raiders. It remains to be seen how the Patriots list his participation level, but if Harris is able to rejoin the lineup this weekend he could step into a big role in Week 15, with Rhamondre Stevenson dealing with an ankle issue.
Dec 14, 2022 12:58 PM EST
Harris (thigh) is inactive for Monday night's game against the Cardinals.
Analysis: Harris also missed the Patriots' Week 13 loss to the Bills, and in that contest Rhamondre Stevenson logged a 98 percent snap share, en route to carrying 10 times for 54 yards and catching six of his team-high eight targets for 24 yards. This time around, Stevenson should once be in line for a big backfield workload versus Arizona, with Pierre Strong and Kevin Harris in reserve. Harris will now target a potential return to action in Week 15, when the Patriots are slated to face the Raiders on the road.
Dec 12, 2022 3:53 PM EST
Harris (thigh) is listed as doubtful for Monday's prime-time matchup against the Cardinals, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: It's interesting the Patriots didn't outright rule Harris out despite the running back failing to practice all week, but it certainly seems to be trending in that direction. If the 25-year-old is unable to play, Rhamondre Stevenson should repeat a similar workload to Week 13 when the multi-faceted back saw all but one offensive snap against the Bills.
Dec 10, 2022 12:02 PM EST
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