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Damien Harris ruled out for Sunday vs. Raiders

We break down the news that Damien Harris is still dealing with a leg injury. What it means for Week 15 and beyond.

Damien Harris #37 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball as D.J. Reed #4 of the New York Jets defends during the first half at MetLife Stadium on October 30, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Saturday update: Harris has been downgraded to out for Week 15 vs. the Raiders. He was looking on track to return to the lineup, getting in limited practices all week. With Harris out and Stevenson also up in the air, the Pats should lean on Pierre Strong Jr. in the run game. He makes for an excellent waiver claim if you can snag him this late in the week.

Friday PM Update: Harris logged a third consecutive limited practice but is still dealing with his thigh injury. He heads into the weekend with a questionable designation, and we likely won’t find out his status until an hour and a half before kickoff.

Thursday update: Harris officially was limited on Wednesday and was practicing on Thursday, per Chris Mason. He will likely see another limited practice, but appears like he has a chance to play this week, while Rhamondre Stevenson has yet to practice.

The New England Patriots are gearing up to take on the Las Vegas Raiders in an AFC battle in Week 15. The Patriots are trying to stay above water in a very competitive AFC East. New England is used to having injuries in their offense, and this week will be no different. Running back Damien Harris missed last week’s game with an injury. He is cited as being back at practice, but it is also noted that he isn’t doing the same drills everyone else is. We will have to wait until the official injury report to see what his official practice status is.

Fantasy football implications for Week 15

Harris has played in only nine games this season as injuries have derailed him. He has 84 carries for 383 yards and three touchdowns. Harris isn’t very involved in the receiving game, as he has brought in 13 of his 16 targets for another 75 yards. With the emergence of teammate Rhamondre Stevenson, the backfield is split at best. Harris would need to log consistent practices this week if you are thinking of trusting him in a pivotal Week 15 fantasy football matchup. If he is active, I’d still look for another option if Stevenson is also active. If Harris is active and Stevenson sits, though, he could be started.