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The Patriots will determine whether RB Damien Harris (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Browns after he works out pregame. "Playing would be a surprise, but not impossible," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Even if he's active, we'd be wary of using Harris in any fantasy football formats.

Patriots RB Damien Harris (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Browns after a limited week of practice. All signs point to Harris missing this game – including New England’s move to elevate RB Kevin Harris from the practice squad. We’ll get the Patriots’ inactives around 11:30 am ET on Sunday.

Patriots RB Damien Harris (hamstring) was again listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice. New England called up RB Kevin Harris from the practice squad earlier today, which is a good sign that Damien Harris won't be available for this weekend's game vs. the Browns.

Patriots RB Damien Harris (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. It's a surprise after NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said earlier this week that Harris is “likely to miss multiple games.” We still wouldn't plan on having him in Week 6 fantasy lineups, but we'll continue to keep tabs on his status leading up to Sunday's game vs. the Browns.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero tweeted Tuesday that Pats RB Damien Harris (hamstring) is “likely to miss multiple games.” Rhamondre Stevenson stepped up with 27 touches last Sunday against Detroit and will remain busy in Week 6 at Cleveland. The Browns field one of the league’s worst run defenses.

Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson took advantage of a league-worst Lions run defense and Damien Harris' early hamstring injury to deliver a big rushing line Sunday: 25 carries, 161 yards. He also caught both targets for 14 yards. Stevenson would obviously be set up for another workhorse role in another upside matchup at Cleveland in Week 6, if Harris isn't ready to return. Ty Montgomery is eligible to come off IR, but HC Bill Belichick said he doesn't expect Montgomery to be ready to practice this week.

Patriots RB Damien Harris suffered a hamstring injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game vs. the Lions and is officially questionable to return. Rhamondre Stevenson is the only other available RB for New England. We'll update Harris' status when we know more.

Update: Harris has been ruled out.

Patriots RB Damien Harris led the backfield in carries (18) and rushing yards (86) in Sunday's OT loss at Green Bay. That included claiming the team's only rushing score. Rhamondre Stevenson ran for 66 yards on 14 carries but also led the team in targets (5) and receptions (4). Stevenson's passing-game usage again found him leading Harris in snaps.

Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson edged RB Damien Harris in carries (12-11) and touches (16-13) in Sunday's loss to the Ravens. He also outproduced his backfield mate, averaging 6.1 yards per rush to Harris' 3.7. Stevenson added 4-28 receiving (7.0 per catch) vs. Harris' 2-5 (2.5). Each scored a rushing TD. This marked the 2nd straight game in which Stevenson led Harris by more than 15 total snaps and more than doubled his route rate. Although Harris opened the game in the lineup, Stevenson looks like the 1st guy to use going forward. (Of course, it's Bill Belichick's team. So we'll watch to see if that changes.)

"I'm fine," Patriots RB Damien Harris told the media after appearing to injure his left knee late in Sunday's win over the Steelers. Just the fact that he was allowed to speak with the media is a good sign that his injury (if there is one) isn't serious. We'll keep an eye on Harris this coming week, but he should be available for Week 3 vs. Ravens.

Patriots RB Damien Harris appeared to injure his left knee late in Sunday's win over the Steelers. He was able to hobble off the field but was in obvious pain. Stay tuned for an update. RB Rhamondre Stevenson would be the obvious beneficiary of Harris' absence.

The Patriots placed RB Ty Montgomery on IR. No word yet on the specific injury, but he's out for at least the next 4 games. Montgomery finished 2nd among Patriots RBs in snaps (36%) and tied Damien Harris for the RB lead in routes (31%) in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, finishing with 2 carries and 4 targets. His absence opens up considerable opportunity in the passing game. It's uncertain whether Harris, RB Rhamondre Stevenson or possibly even RB Pierre Strong will capture it.

Patriots RBs Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson each got carries on the 1st offensive possession of Sunday's loss to the Dolphins. They finished nearly even -- Harris 9, Stevenson 8 -- but Harris ran more efficiently. He averaged 5.3 yards per rush to Stevenson's 3.1 and added 10 receiving yards on 2 catches among 3 targets. (Stevenson caught both of his targets for just 2 yards.) Ty Montgomery played through his questionable tag and led the backfield with 4 targets but managed just 15 yards on 3 catches and lost 2 yards on his 2 carries. Expect this backfield to remain frustrating for lineup-setting.

Patriots RB Ty Montgomery (knee) is active for today’s opener vs. the Dolphins. He’s not a fantasy option but does figure to siphon some passing-down snaps. Rookie RB Pierre Strong is a healthy scratch for New England.

NESN's Zack Cox expects Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson to open the season as the "1B to [Damien] Harris' 1A." But, Cox adds, "it wouldn’t shock me if [Stevenson] eventually leapfrogs Harris and becomes New England’s top early-down option." Cox also says he expects "a much larger role in the passing game" for Stevenson this season. He'll be just a RB3 in fantasy lineups out of the gate, but there's upside well beyond that as we move deeper into the season.

The Athletic's Chad Graff expects Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson to get the "bulk" of the passing-down snaps early in the season, assuming RB Ty Montgomery (ankle) is out. "And his performance in the first few weeks could dictate how much Montgomery sees the field," Graff writes. We're expecting Stevenson and Damien Harris to split carries fairly evenly this year, but Stevenson's pass-catching upside makes him the more appealing fantasy pick.

Patriots RB Ty Montgomery suffered a leg injury in Friday night's preseason game vs. the Raiders. He was carted back to the locker room. We'll update Montgomery's status when we know more, but he's not worth a pick if you're drafting tonight. His absence would open up passing-down snaps for RBs Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson

ESPN's Mike Reiss believes the Patriots might deploy both Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson as 3-down backs this season. The idea is that they'd rotate series -- like they did in the 2nd preseason game -- but stay on the field for 3rd downs. Reiss believes RB Ty Montgomery might play "when it's a two-minute offense type of situation." If Reiss is right, Harris and Stevenson would be just RB3s in fantasy lineups when both are healthy. But if either gets hurt, the other would become a strong fantasy play.

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