Patriots news: N'Keal Harry expected to return to practice ahead of Week 7
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N’Keal Harry expected to return to practice ahead of Week 7

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New England Patriots wide receiver N’Keal Harry is expected to return to practice ahead of their Week 7 matchup with the New York Jets, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Once Harry returns to practice, the Patriots will have three weeks to decide if they want to add him to the active roster or shut him down for the remainder of the season. If he remains on the active roster, the earliest that he will be eligible to return to game action is on Nov. 3 against the Baltimore Ravens, per NFL rule.

It still remains to be seen when Harry could return to game action. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said the first step for Harry will be to prove himself in practice with the team.

“Physically he needs to be able to show he can go out there and participate competitively at the practice level that we’re at,” said Belichick, via CBSN Boston. “Hopefully that’s where he’ll be, but we’ll make our final evaluations on that before we put him out there.”

The expectations surrounding Harry were high at the time of the draft process as many believed that he could be an impact player right away. He was the first wide receiver selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Patriots during the Belichick era.

Before suffering an ankle injury during the preseason, Harry was showing flashes of potential during offseason workouts and in training camp. As a result of the injury, the Patriots placed him on the short-term injured reserve list.

The Patriots have shown a needed for a big-bodied receiver like N’Keal Harry during his absence. He could fill that void upon his return to the lineup.