The Patriots were without Damien Harris for most of their win over the Texans on Sunday. Harris played just 21 snaps – the least of any running back – while dealing with chest and rib injuries.
However, those injuries aren’t as severe as things may have initially appeared. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Harris “checked out OK after yesterday’s game…He was limited with rib and chest injuries, but tests ruled out anything significant and he’s best described as day-to-day.”
Despite playing a limited role on offense in terms of snaps, he still led the Patriots with 58 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. He also had a fumble on what looked to be a touchdown run in the second quarter. Harris has also been the Patriots’ leading rusher this season, with 230 yards and two touchdowns on 63 carries.
Losing Harris would be a major blow for the Patriots, who are already expected to be without James White for the remainder of the season. The team’s remaining healthy backs are J.J. Taylor, Brandon Bolden, and rookie Rhamondre Stevenson. There are no backs on the practice squad.
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