New England Patriots

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 19: Rhamondre Stevenson #38 of the New England Patriots runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second half of the preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 19, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 35-0. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Patriots rookie running back Rhamondre Stevenson is dealing with a dislocated thumb suffered during practice, according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic. Howe added that there’s “some optimism” that Stevenson will be able to play in Sunday’s 2021 season opener against the Miami Dolphins.

Stevenson, a fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma, led all running backs in the preseason with 216 yards on the ground (7.2-yard average) and five touchdowns. He projects as a reserve early-down back behind Damien Harris on the Patriots’ depth chart. New England’s decision to trade Sony Michel to the Rams opened up potential opportunities for Stevenson to see game action as a rookie.

The Patriots also named second-year back J.J. Taylor to the 53-man roster, along with veteran mainstay James White.

Speaking to reporters in late August, Stevenson credited “the vets” for their surprising level of support for him during training camp and the preseason.

“There’s just always a helping hand,” Stevenson said. “I could go talk to any one of these guys, and they’re going to point me in the right direction. So I’ll say that’s the biggest surprise. And the thing I’m grateful for.”

The Pats face the Dolphins to kick off the regular season at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday. You can get the call of the game on 98.5 The Sports Hub, starting with pregame at 1:30.

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