Patriots elevate two players for Thursday night matchup with Steelers
The New England Patriots are adding two practice squad players to their active roster for their Thursday Night Football matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, they are elevating both quarterback/wide receiver Malik Cunningham and running back Kevin Harris.
This will be the second week in a row Cunningham is activated. He’ll have one practice squad elevation left after this.
Although Cunningham was eligible to play last week against the Los Angeles Chargers, the rookie didn’t record any snaps. It was reported before the game the Patriots had a package of plays ready for him.
Cunningham’s lone game action came back in Week 6, when he was briefly signed to the active roster. He played six snaps in that game – two at quarterback on read-option plays, and four at wide receiver.
This will be Harris’ first practice squad elevation of the year. He was a sixth-round pick by the team last season, and appeared in five games carrying the ball 18 times for 52 yards and a touchdown. With Rhamondre Stevenson out with an ankle injury, Harris could see some time as the spell back to Ezekiel Elliott. The Patriots other two active running backs are Ty Montgomery, who has primarily been a special teams player this year, and JaMycal Hasty, who was signed last month.
The Steelers made linebacker Kyron Johnson their lone elevation for the game. Johnson made his season debut for the Steelers last week playing 13 special teams snaps. In 2022 he appeared in all 16 games as a rookie.