New England Patriots

Patriots wide receiver N’Keal Harry appears to have avoided a major injury to his shoulder, but could still miss enough time to present the team with a tough decision come September.

As reported by the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport over the weekend, Harry is expected to miss “about four weeks” with an injury sustained while trying to catch a pass during the Patriots’ preseason win over the Philadelphia Eagles last Thursday. Rapoport explained in a recent TV appearance that Harry’s injury timeline is “pretty significant,” considering the receiver previously requested a trade through his agent before the start of training camp.

“Usually, you trade guys right before the season around roster cut day. That probably is not gonna happen here, because he’s just not going to be healthy,” Rapoport said on “NFL Total Access” Saturday. “So, what do the Patriots do? Do they keep him on the 53 [man roster], put him on IR to start the season, bring him back quickly? Lot of options, here, but the injury does complicate things.”

Harry and rookie Tre Nixon were the only Patriots wide receivers absent from practice on Monday in Foxborough. Nelson Agholor caught 4-of-7 targets in competitive 11-on-11 drills, including a touchdown in red zone work and one drop on a deep ball from Mac Jones. Kendrick Bourne made three catches in 11’s, including the play of the day with a nifty diving grab over the middle during a late two-minute drill. Jakobi Meyers’ lone target sailed high.

Gunner Olszewski seemed to be the receiver who benefited the most from Harry’s absence. He was targeted three times and caught all of them, including two straight catches in 11’s to close out practice. His last catch was a “touchdown” and drew loud cheers from his offensive teammates on the sidelines.

Harry’s status on the team will be worth monitoring come final roster cut-downs. The Patriots will need to trim their roster down to 80 players by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, then to 53 players by 4 p.m. on Aug. 31.

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