New England Patriots

Jun 5, 2019; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry during mandatory minicamp at the Gillette Stadium practice field. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff,

The Patriots’ wide receivers had a great night in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Lions. But it looked like it could’ve come at a cost.

Fortunately, it appears the Patriots and rookie receiver N’Keal Harry have dodged a bullet. According to Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald, Harry’s injury suffered on Thursday night “is not believed to be significant”.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Harry is at 100 percent. We’ll get a better idea of how seriously the team is treating the injury next week, when they practice on Monday in Foxboro before heading to Nashville for joint practices and a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans.

But it’s certainly great news that Harry apparently avoided something major. He reportedly worked through a hamstring injury earlier in the week. The official injury is unknown at this point.

Prior to the injury on Thursday, Harry made catches of 11 and 25 yards, and both of them were of the eye-popping variety.

On the first catch he separated from a physical battle with Lions cornerback Mike Ford then dove to secure the ball before it hit the turf. On the second, he elevated to win a contested ball with two defensive backs covering him closely.

Harry can’t afford to miss the next week of practices and game action. It’s possible that Tom Brady plays for the first time in the preseason. The Patriots appear to be in pretty good shape at receiver compared to what it felt like over the past calendar year, but their first-round pick is likely the key to it all.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at