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Patriots’ Damien Harris has been dealing with hand/wrist injury

New England Patriots rookie running back Damien Harris has been dealing with a minor hand/wrist injury, according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic.

Harris, who played his collegiate football at the University of Alabama, was selected by the Patriots in the third round (87th pick overall) of the NFL Draft back in April.

Upon being drafted, Harris immediately gained some steam as a potential guy who could supplant Sony Michel as the starting running back in 2019, especially considering that Michel was dealing with some knee issues. However, now that Michel is healthy, he has been the clear No. 1 back in Patriots training camp, and Harris has not gotten many first-team reps as a result.

Harris spent four years at Alabama, arriving in 2015. He had a very limited role during his freshman campaign, logging just 157 yards and one touchdown, but the following season, Harris broke out, racking up 1,040 yards and a couple of scores on the ground while averaging an incredible 7.2 yards per carry.

The 22-year-old continued to impress during his junior year, as he recorded 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rusher, recording 7.4 yards per attempt. He took a bit of a step back in his senior season, finishing with 876 yards and nine scores while tallying 5.8 yards per carry, but he also emerged as more of a receiving threat, catching 22 passes for 204 yards.

New England has a crowded backfield that also includes veterans James White and Rex Burkhead.

The Pats won 11 games and captured their 10th straight AFC East division crown on their way to winning their sixth Super Bowl title this past season.