By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
According to Ian Rapoport, the Patriots are activating rookie wide receiver N'Keal Harry off injured reserve. Harry missed the first eight games of the regular season after hamstring and ankle injuries landed him on IR to start his rookie year.
Harry returned to practice on Oct. 15, becoming the Patriots' first designation to return from IR. The second designation went to second-year left tackle Isaiah Wynn.
After missing eight games, Harry is now eligible to make his NFL debut on Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens. His presence on the main roster is a welcome one for a Patriots WR group that's dealt with injuries all over the depth chart.
Harry joins a WR corps that still includes Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Mohamed Sanu, Jakobi Meyers, and Gunner Olszewski.
Tom Brady is certainly happy to get another weapon on the field for the offense. But the quarterback also noted in his Friday press conference that Harry is well behind others in terms of practice reps and building chemistry."
"Yeah, he’s missed a lot of football – missed a lot of training camp, missed eight regular season games," said Brady. "So, you know, he’s just got to try to work at it every day, and it’s going to be up to him to put the effort in and to – you know, everyone’s there to help him, but you’ve got to go out there and you’ve got to do it and earn it, and earn the trust of your teammates and coaches and stuff. So, it’s good to have him out there."
With the Patriots' suddenly crowded WR group, it will be interesting to see how many offensive snaps Harry gets if and when he's active. His activation to the roster is a strong indication that he will make his debut Sunday night. The question is how big of a role he plays out of the gate.
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