Damien Harris
RB NE (14)
Wed 5/5/21 12:45 PM5 Comments

As the 2021 season approaches, Harris and Sony Michel are poised to head the Patriots' backfield, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
Also in the mix are pass-catching back James White and fourth-round draft pick Rhamondre Stevenson, while Brandon Bolden and J.J. Taylor provide depth. From a fantasy perspective, Harris -- who finished 2020 with 137 carries for 691 yards (5.0 YPC) and two TDs, to go along with five catches for 52 yards in 10 games, profiles as the team's top option, but his minimal impact in the passing game hampers his utility in PPR formats. With Michel and quite possibly Stevenson also in the early-down equation, Harris' week-to-week volume may fluctuate in 2021, with injuries and opponent-based game scripts also likely to emerge as important factors in determining how many touches he logs as the season rolls along.

Damien Harris
RB NE (14)
Sat 1/2/21 6:35 PM

Harris (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
The 23-year-old was previously ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the Jets, so this is simply a procedural move to free up a roster spot for the Patriots. Harris spent the first three weeks of the season on injured reserve, but he took over the lead role in the backfield Week 4 and finished 2020 with 137 carries for 691 yards (5.0 YPC) and two touchdowns while catching five passes for 52 yards in 10 games.

Damien Harris
RB NE (14)
Fri 1/1/21 4:53 PM

Harris (ankle) won't play in Sunday's season finale against the Jets.
EDGE Analysis
With Harris set to miss his third straight game, Sony Michel, James White and J.J. Taylor will continue to handle the team's backfield duties. Harris finishes his second NFL season with 137 carries for 691 yards and two touchdowns to go along with five catches for 52 yards in 10 games. While Harris' limited involved in the Patriots' pass game limited his fantasy upside, his 5.0 yards-per-carry average illustrated his effectiveness as a runner. Looking ahead to the 2021 campaign, Harris will likely be in line to head New England's backfield once again.

Damien Harris
RB NE (14)
Fri 1/1/21 12:05 PM

Harris (ankle) wasn't spotted on the field during the media-access portion of Friday's practice, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
The 23-year-old was a limited participant at practice Wednesday, but his potential absence at Friday's session after missing the past two games is an ominous sign for his availability this weekend against the Jets. Sony Michel, James White and J.J. Taylor will again handle backfield duties if Harris is ruled out ahead of Sunday.

Damien Harris
RB NE (14)
Wed 12/30/20 6:30 PM

Harris (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Seven New England players missed practice Wednesday, while Harris was among the 13 listed as limited. Given that he's missed two straight games, however, the running back is no lock to return to action for Sunday's season finale against the Jets. If Harris remains sidelined this weekend, Sony Michel, James White and J.J. Taylor would continue to handle the team's backfield duties Week 17.

Damien Harris
RB NE (14)
Mon 12/28/20 6:51 PM

Harris (ankle) is inactive for Monday night's game against the Bills.
EDGE Analysis
With Harris -- who also was inactive Week 15 -- still sidelined, Sony Michel will continue to head the Patriots' Week 16 backfield, with James White set to handle pass-catching/change-of-pace work and J.J. Taylor on hand in reserve.

Damien Harris
RB NE (14)
Sat 12/26/20 4:14 PM

Harris (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Bills, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Harris logged a pair of limited sessions last week before he was eventually ruled out for last Sunday's contest at Miami. His ankle issue lingered into this week, capping his practice reps yet again Thursday through Saturday. There's a chance Harris' status comes down to a game-time decision, which is precarious for fantasy purposes with a Monday night battle on tap. If Harris doesn't suit up Week 16, the Patriots will lean on Sony Michel out of the backfield, with James White handling pass-catching work and J.J. Taylor (quadriceps, questionable) potentially available.

Damien Harris
RB NE (14)
Fri 12/25/20 3:25 PM

Harris (ankle) remained listed as a limited practice participant Friday.
EDGE Analysis
The same applies to 19 of Harris' teammates, the bulk of whom figure to end up officially listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Bills. That he's logged back-to-back limited sessions after missing this past Sunday's loss to Miami could be interpreted as a positive sign, but until added context is provided -- perhaps by national reporters such as Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport this weekend -- Harris' Week 16 status will remain cloudy. If Harris is unable to go Monday, Sony Michel would be in line to continue to head the Patriots backfield, with James White on hand for change-of-pace duties and J.J. Taylor (quadriceps) in reserve.

Damien Harris
RB NE (14)
Thu 12/24/20 6:02 PM

Harris (ankle) was limited at practice Thursday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Harris was one of 20 players listed as questionable by the Patriots on Thursday, but of that group he's one whose Week 16 status is indeed cloudy, given that the running back was inactive this past Sunday against the Dolphins. If Harris isn't cleared for Monday night's game against the Bills, Sony Michel would be in line to continue to head New England's backfield, with James White on hand for change-of-pace duties and J.J. Taylor (quadriceps) in reserve.

Damien Harris
RB NE (14)
Sat 12/19/20 12:57 PM

Harris (ankle) was downgraded from questionable and will not play Sunday against the Dolphins.
EDGE Analysis
The news means Sony Michel will step back into the starting lineup as the primary two-down back, with James White (foot) mixing in as a pass catcher and J.J. Taylor (quadriceps) operating as the spellback in both situations. Harris, who popped up on the injury report Thursday with an ankle injury after missing time the previous week with a back issue, will aim for a return in Week 16 against the Bills.