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Damien Harris officially ruled out for TNF Week 13 vs. Bills

We break down the news that Harris has a thigh injury. What it means for Week 13 and beyond.

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Damien Harris of the New England Patriots reacts before a game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
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Wednesday update: Harris, as expected, has been ruled out for Thursday Night Football. Rhamondre Stevenson is set to have a big role against the Bills this week.

Monday update: Damien Harris will not play against the Bills on Thursday Night Football, per Ian Rapoport. He is week-to-week according to Rapoport, so he could miss multiple weeks. Rhamondre Stevenson should see an increase in work while he is out.

The New England Patriots will not get an extended week after playing on Thanksgiving day, suiting up on Thursday once again to kick off Week 13. They’ll face the Buffalo Bills in a divisional contest and might have to do so without running back Damien Harris. He was not spotted at Monday’s practice after suffering a thigh injury in the loss to the Vikings in Week 12.

Fantasy football implications for Week 13

With Harris potentially sidelined, Rhamondre Stevenson should take over as the team’s lead running back. Stevenson was already getting most of the touches out of the backfield and was the more involved receiver of the two players but Harris was good for 8-10 touches per game. Those carries are more likely to go to Stevenson. Pierre Strong Jr. could see some work if Stevenson were to go down or take a break for a few plays.