New England Patriots

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 07: Gunner Olszewski #80 of the New England Patriots returns a kickoff during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 07, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The Patriots will be down at least one running back on Sunday when they face the Cleveland Browns. They’ll also be without their All-Pro punt returner.

As first reported by ESPN’s Mike ReissDamien Harris will not clear concussion protocol and will not be able to play in this week’s game. Reiss also reported wide receiver and kick returner Gunner Olszewski remains in concussion protocol and is out as well. Both suffered head injuries last week against the Panthers.

Running back Rhamondre Stevenson has also been in concussion protocol, and didn’t practice all week. According to Reiss, there is “some level of optimism/hope from the team” that Stevenson will be able to play on Sunday.

If Stevenson can’t go, the Patriots will be down to just two running backs in Brandon Bolden and J.J. Taylor. The next official update on Stevenson would come Sunday at 11:30 a.m. when inactives are released.

The other player to keep an eye on heading into Sunday’s game is linebacker Jamie Collins. He also missed all three practices this week with an ankle injury, and was the lone player listed as ‘doubtful’ on the injury report.

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