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Rhamondre Stevenson, Damien Harris officially questionable for Week 10

We break down the news that Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson are dealing with head injuries

New England Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson (38) celebrates a touchdown with RB Damien Harris (37) in the first half during the game between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles on August 19, 2021 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Friday PM update: Both Stevenson and Harris have been listed as questionable despite not practicing this week. The Patriots hope one or both can be cleared of their concussions in time to play against the Browns in Week 10.

Friday PM update: Despite beat reporter Evan Lazar’s early report, both Stevenson and Harris weren’t seen at the start of practice, per Jim McBride. That’s not a good sign for either to be cleared from concussion protocol in time to play the Browns.

Friday update: Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson is expected to practice Friday, per Evan Lazar. Lazar says it’s looking good for Stevenson to play this weekend, which in turn probably means that Damien Harris is looking iffy. This could set up Stevenson to be the lead back this week.

Thursday update: Stevenson and Harris have yet to practice this week, as they go through concussion protocol, per Jim McBride. Right now it doesn’t look great for either to play this week, but Friday will be the deciding factor.

Both Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson were forced from their Week 9 game due to head injuries and are now in the concussion protocol. New England Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears says the two are “definitely a big question mark” for this week, per beat reporter Mike Reiss.

Stevenson had his best game of the year last week and shared work with Harris, but now both could end up missing this week against the Cleveland Browns. If they can start progressing through the protocol and get in some work at practice, they’ll have a chance to play, but nothing is guaranteed at this point.

Fantasy football implications

If Harris and Stevenson can’t go, J.J. Taylor and Brandon Bolden would be the next two backs up, while another practice squad player would likely move up to the roster. If one of the two can play, he becomes a strong fantasy play and if both can play, they might end up hurting each other’s fantasy value a bit, but Harris remains the lead back at this time.