Report: Patriots WR N’Keal Harry’s injury ‘not believed to be significant’
New England Patriots rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry left his preseason debut against the Detroit Lions due to an undisclosed injury on Thursday night, but the injury is not believed to be significant, according to Kevin Duffy of The Boston Herald.
Harry appeared to injure himself after making an acrobatic 25-yard catch in what ended up being a 31-3 win over the Lions. Following his exit in the first half, Harry remained on the sideline with his teammates. He caught two passes for 36 yards on the night overall.
The 21-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Arizona State, was selected by the Patriots in the first round (32nd pick overall) of the NFL Draft back in April, making him the first wideout New England took in the first round since the late Terry Glenn back in 1996.
Harry is coming off of a terrific junior campaign in which he hauled in 73 receptions for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns. He arrived at Arizona State in 2016 and saw immediate action, catching 58 passes for 659 yards and five scores during his freshman year. He then broke out during his sophomore season, snaring 82 balls for 1,142 yards while reaching the end zone eight times.
The Pats saw a mass exodus occur in their receiving corps this offseason, as tight end Rob Gronkowski retired and Cordarrelle Patterson and Chris Hogan both departed via free agency. Also, Josh Gordon is facing an indefinite suspension.
As a result, Harry is expected to have a rather large role in the Patriots’ passing game this season.