New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 27: N'Keal Harry #15 of the New England Patriots reacts after defeating the Las Vegas Raiders at Gillette Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

N’Keal Harry‘s roller coaster of an offseason took another turn Thursday night. The Patriots’ 2019 first-round pick left the team’s Week 2 preseason game in Philadelphia early with an injury.

Late in the second quarter, Harry ran a go-route down the left sideline. Mac Jones lofted him a throw 25-yards down field, which bounced off his hands. Harry then fell hard on his side, and walked off the field grabbing at his shoulder.

Following the play, Harry heading back to the locker room and didn’t return to the game. As of 11:00 p.m. Thursday night, there’s still no update on Harry’s status, although he was seen leaving the locker room in a sling.


The injury has a chance to delay or derail what’s been an incredibly productive summer for Harry. After a trade request from his agent right before camp, Harry seemingly dominated practice after practice to start the summer. However, he had just one catch for four yards in last week’s game, and was looking to put the cap on a complete preseason.

This isn’t the first time Harry has been injured in a preseason game. During his rookie year he injured his ankle in the preseason opener against Detroit, and started the season on IR.

If Harry’s injury will cause him to miss significant time, the Patriots have a tough decision to make. Would they IR Harry outright, making him ineligible this season? Or keep him on the initial 53-man roster before making the move, allowing him to be eligible to return from IR?

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