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Report: Patriots’ N’Keal Harry expected to be ready Week 1 despite preseason injury

N'Keal Harry, Patriots

New England Patriots rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry looks to be ready for the team’s Week 1 regular season debut despite an injury suffered in the exhibition win over the Detroit Lions.

Harry, 21, was selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft by New England—making him the first wideout taken in the first round in the Bill Belichick era, remarkably. The 6-foot-4 wide receiver signed a four-year deal with the club for roughly $10 million.

The Boston Herald’s Kevin Duffy reported on Friday that Harry will likely miss multiple practices, but his regular season debut looks to be intact.

N’Keal 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.

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 made two receptions for 36 yards on Thursday night, including one catch for 25 yards. Meanwhile, undrafted free agent wideout Jakobi Meyers out of NC State led the Patriots in receiving yards in their commanding win over Detroit and former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, now head coach of the Lions, tallying 69 yards in the 31-3 victory for New England.

Additionally, it was a solid debut for another rookie, fourth-round quarterback Jarrett Stidham from Auburn. Stidham threw for 179 yards on 14-of-24  passing, completing one for a touchdown.