Patriots rookie N’Keal Harry had to leave the preseason opener against the Detroit Lions due to an apparent leg injury. It is not a serious injury, but Harry will have to miss some time.
Harry left the 31-3 win
over the Lions due to an injury after three snaps. He will miss some practice
time due to the injury but will return in time for the Patriots’ regular-season
opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, as confirmed by a report from Kevin
Duffy of the Boston Herald.
Harry left last night’s game with an undisclosed injury after making an
acrobatic 25-yard catch. Harry’s injury is not believed to be significant,
according to a source. He stayed on the sideline for remainder of first half,
chatting with Tom Brady and other teammates.”
Here comes the update: “An update on this: Harry is likely going to miss some practice time, but his Week 1 status does not appear to be in jeopardy, a source said.”
Harry had impressive
catches on two of his three snaps against the Lions. After the second – a 25-yard
back-shoulder grab from Brian Hoyer over cornerback Jamal Agney – he started
limping and was sent to the sideline medical tent. The rookie didn’t return.
He spend the rest of
the first half on the sideline and was in good spirits, but didn’t come out of
the locker room after halftime.
We can’t really tell if Harry’s leg injury was linked to the hamstring issue he had during the joint practice earlier in the week. The rookie wasn’t expected to appear in Thursday’s game, and many thought that the Patriots won’t put their first-round draft pick in the first game after the injury scare.
The Patriots will have another round of joint practices against the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday and Wednesday prior to their second preseason game next Thursday.
Head coach Bill
Belichick, wideout Julian Edelman and quarterback Tom Brady had words of praise
for Harry. He was really brilliant in training camp while some are still
worried about his inconsistency. Well, it’s a long year, and Harry has enough
time to fix that.