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)

The Patriots’ ongoing roster shuffle has now extended to two players named to the team’s initial 53-man roster.

In a day headlined by the waiver claim of do-it-all offensive threat Malcolm Perry and practice squad additions, the Patriots also moved wide receiver N’Keal Harry to the injured reserve and released linebacker Harvey Langi.

Harry’s move to the injured reserve is an expected one, as the third-year pro sustained an apparent shoulder injury in the team’s second preseason game of the summer. Last seen with his arm in a sling and after what many considered to be a strong camp, the latest word on Harry was that he dodged a major injury but was going to be out on a week-to-week basis.

Harry’s move to the IR means that he’ll miss the first three games of the 2021 season, at the very least.

Langi’s departure will apparently be a quick one, too, as the Patriots will bring him back into the mix when the dust settles on the day, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. The extra perk that comes with doing this now opposed to yesterday’s cutdown day is that Langi is not subject to waivers, which makes this kind of quick release and re-sign infinitely easier.

The simplest way to break this down: The Patriots released Harvey Langi to fit Perry in, then moved Harry to the injured reserve, and will use the since-vacated roster spot to bring Langi back to the team.

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