Patriots WR’s N’Keal Harry, Phillip Dorsett return to practice
New England Patriots wide receivers N’Keal Harry and Phillip Dorsett returned to practice on Tuesday, per Nora Princiotti of the Boston Globe. Harry is coming off the injured reserve list after dealing with an ankle injury while Dorsett returned from a hamstring injury that kept him sidelined for one game.
WR N’Keal Harry and TEs Ben Watson and Eric Tomlinson present
WR Josh Gordon, QB Cody Kessler, DL Michael Bennett and TE Matt LaCosse not spotted
Expect practice squad transactions today. There is a new WR wearing No. 17. It’s not Antonio Brown. pic.twitter.com/eKCV3XY5eT
— Nora Princiotti (@NoraPrinciotti) October 15, 2019
Now that Harry is back on the practice field, the Patriots will have three weeks to decide if they want to put him on the active roster, or shut him down for the rest of the year and keep him on the IR.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said that Harry would need to prove that he can practice at a competitive level before the team would decide that he is ready to be activated.
“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.”
If the team decides he is ready to play, the earliest he will be eligible to play would be on November 3rd against the Baltimore Ravens.
Coming into the draft there was a lot of buzz surrounding Harry and he is the first wide receiver drafted in the first round by Belichick.
The Patriots haven’t gotten a ton of production out of their tights end and don’t have a big wide receiver that they can count on to go up and get the jump ball and if he is activated he could fill that role.
This will be a big storyline to follow the next couple of weeks, and if he is activated it would be another weapon for Tom Brady.