New England Patriots

N'Keal Harry makes a catch at Patriots training camp. (Photo Courtesy New England Patriots)

The New England Patriots are activating wide receiver N’Keal Harry off injured reserve. ESPN’s Field Yates was first to report the news, which the team later officially announced.

According to Evan Lazar of CLNS Media, Harry is expected to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He recently switched his uniform to No. 1, while wideout Nelson Agholor took over No. 15.

Harry injured his shoulder during the Patriots’ preseason win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Patriots named him to the initial 53-man roster in order to facilitate placing him on short-term injured reserve. Harry missed only the minimum three weeks before returning to practice Wednesday, on his first day of eligibility.

The third-year pro joins a Patriots receiver depth chart that includes Agholor, Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, and Gunner Olszewski. Patriots receivers have averaged 10.8 yards per reception through three games and combined for two touchdown catches.

New England recently placed running back James White on injured reserve with what’s believed to be a season-ending hip injury, so that serves as the corresponding move for Harry’s activation.

In addition, the Patriots elevated defensive back Myles Bryant and linebacker Jahlani Tavai from the practice squad. This marks the second straight week of elevation for Tavai, while Bryant will be making his first appearance of 2021 on the active roster.

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