New England Patriots

Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry (15) takes the field against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

After naming wide receiver N’Keal Harry to the initial 53-man roster, the Patriots had the ability to place him on short-term injured reserve as he continues to recover from a shoulder issue. Reports indicate that his stay on IR will indeed be exactly that, short.

Harry “should be back in a few weeks,” as reported by Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network on Wednesday. He has to miss a minimum of three weeks, after which he can return to practice. Once he’s back, the Patriots will have 21 days to either activate him or keep him on IR.

The third-year pro originally suffered his shoulder injury during a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, landing awkwardly on the turf as he dove for a catch attempt on a pass from Mac Jones. The start of Week 4 will mark just over six weeks out of action for Harry.

“I thought N’Keal had a good camp, and I’m glad we have him,” head coach Bill Belichick said in a press conference Tuesday. “I think he’ll make a big contribution to our team. We’ll see how it all goes, and from a time standpoint of when he’ll be able to get back on the field, but I know he’s working hard and is making progress with his rehab. So we’ll just keep monitoring that and see how it goes.”

The Patriots claimed Malcolm Perry off waivers from the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, which required them to cut linebacker Harvey Langi in a corresponding transaction. Harry’s move to IR opened up a fresh roster spot for the Patriots, who are expected to bring Langi back.

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