N’Keal Harry’s shoulder injury in the Patriots’ preseason win over Philadelphia on Thursday night has complicated his future in New England.
According to people familiar with the matter, the New England Patriots receiver is anticipated to miss four weeks due to a shoulder problem, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
The timeline would keep him out for the start of the season, which begins for the Pats on Sunday, Sept. 12 — just three weeks away.
Harry hurt his shoulder as he slammed into the ground while jumping for a deep ball on Thursday night.
The injury complicates Harry’s trade request in New England, where the former first-round choice is hoping for a new start before the season begins.
During roster cuts, we normally see a frenzy of trades as teams switch players who might not make the team. Harry was a candidate to be one of the players sent elsewhere before the season because of his position on the Pats depth chart.
At this point, the injury would certainly rule out a trade for the struggling young prospect. No team will part with anything of worth in exchange for an injured player with minimal performance. When it comes to dealing with the third-year wideout, New England has less alternatives.
The Pats may place Harry on injured reserve to start the season, but he’d have to be on the 53-man roster after final cutdowns. If the wideout is placed on injured reserve, he will be out for at least three weeks.