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"There is optimism" Patriots RB Damien Harris (ribs) plays vs. the Cowboys today, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Not certain yet, but some good feelings," Rapoport adds. Harris got in 2 limited practices this week after being knocked out of last Sunday's win over the Texans. Between the injury and last week's fumble, Harris looks like a risky fantasy option today.

Patriots RB Damien Harris (ribs) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Cowboys. He got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. Besides the rib injury, Harris also lost a goal-line fumble last week. It all has his Week 6 role a bit uncertain. If Harris doesn't play on Sunday, rookie Rhamondre Stevenson would be the favorite for lead-back duties.

Patriots RB Damien Harris (ribs) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. It gives him a shot to play vs. the Cowboys this weekend. Check back tomorrow for another update on Harris.

Patriots RB Damien Harris (ribs) did not practice on Wednesday. He never re-entered last week's game after hurting his ribs and is seemingly in danger of missing Sunday's game vs. the Cowboys. That'd likely put rookie RB Rhamondre Stevenson in a lead ball-carrying role. We'll get another update on Harris tomorrow.

The chest and rib injuries Patriots RB Damien Harris suffered in the win over the Texans are not significant, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He’s best described as day-to-day," Rapoport adds. We'll keep an eye on Harris' status throughout this week. If he's not able to play vs. the Cowboys on Sunday, it'd likely be rookie RB Rhamondre Stevenson as New England's lead ball carrier.

Patriots RB Damien Harris suffered chest and rib injuries in today's win over the Texans. He returned from the chest but did not return after hurting his ribs in the 4th quarter. We'll look for updates on his status.

Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson is a healthy scratch for tonight's game against the Bucs -- despite RB James White's absence. That leaves just Damien Harris, Brandon Bolden and J.J. Taylor in New England's backfield.

Patriots RB James White is expected to miss the rest of the season with his hip injury, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. It's a significant loss, as White had racked up 13 targets through the first 2 weeks of the season. We're intrigued to see who steps into the all-important pass-catching back role for the Patriots. It was special-teamer Brandon Bolden after White exited last week.

Patriots RB James White is "out indefinitely" after suffering a hip subluxation in Sunday's loss to the Saints, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's the same injury Washington QB Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered in Week 1. We'll look for a more concrete timetable for White's return, but it sounds like he's at least headed to short-term IR. White is droppable in shallower fantasy leagues. Brandon Bolden stepped in as New England's lead passing-down back in Week 3, but we'll see what the Patriots do this coming week. RB Damien Harris could pick up more passing-game work -- or New England could use a bit more of RBs J.J. Taylor or Rhamondre Stevenson.

Patriots RB Damien Harris (finger) isn’t listed on the final injury report. He was limited in practice this week, but we’ve heard nothing to suggest that the finger will be an issue against the Saints on Sunday.

Patriots RB Damien Harris was limited in Wednesday's practice with a finger issue. It's the 1st we've heard of it. At this point, there's no reason to believe Harris is at risk of missing Sunday's game vs. the Saints. But we'll keep an eye on him.

Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson is a healthy scratch for today’s game vs. the Jets. The rookie fumbled and blew a blitz pickup in the opener. RB J.J. Taylor is active in Stevenson’s place, but RB Damien Harris should dominate carries for New England.

Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson will be available for Sunday’s opener against the Dolphins, despite dislocating a thumb in practice last week. The rookie figures to be 2nd in line for carries behind RB Damien Harris but isn’t a viable Week 1 fantasy play.

The Patriots have surprisingly released QB Cam Newton, according to multiple reports. We wouldn't have been shocked to see the team name Mac Jones its Week 1 starter, but we certainly did not foresee New England unloading Newton completely. Jones graded out among the top passers across the league in preseason, according to Pro Football Focus. His ascension should be good news for the fantasy outlooks for basically everyone in the New England offense. It signals a more traditional scheme as opposed to last year's run-heavy approach. It returns lead status near the goal line to Damien Harris and the RBs. And it should mean more -- and more accurate -- targets for all pass-catchers. We're not overly interested in Jones as a fantasy football prospect, but Jakobi Meyers, Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry, Nelson Agholor and James White all gain some late-round appeal. RB Damien Harris also gets a bump. Check out the updated projections for the Patriots.

The Patriots traded RB Sony Michel to the Rams in exchange for a pair of late-round conditional picks, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The Rams always seemed likely to add to the backfield after losing Cam Akers for the season. Even if they believe in RB Darrell Henderson, the depth behind him wasn't NFL-caliber. Henderson still figures to get the 1st crack at lead duties in Los Angeles. But expect Michel to be involved, potentially serving as a short-yardage and goal-line back. Michel ripped off 5.7 yards per carry last year and has looked good this preseason. Rams RBs Xavier Jones and Jake Funk are obviously undraftable now. Meanwhile in New England, Damien Harris is now even safer as the clear lead ball-carrier -- although he'll continue to lose almost all the passing-down work to James White. Michel's departure also makes rookie Rhamondre Stevenson a more interesting late-round flier.

Plenty has been made of Patriots RB performances this preseason, especially after 3 of them combined to rush for 4 TDs Thursday night against the Eagles. Rhamondre Stevenson contributed 2 of those, marking his 2nd straight 2-TD outing. But it's been Damien Harris dominating the work with QB Cam Newton. Among 29 snaps that Newton has played through 2 games, Harris has been on the field for 16. James White has played 9 of them, with Sony Michel in for 4. So all of Stevenson's work has come with reserves. According to Establish The Run's Adam Levitan, White has been on the field for the only 3 third-down snaps with Newton. Stevenson will bear watching, but Harris' role doesn't appear to be under seige. And keep White in mind as a late PPR option in fantasy football drafts.

The Athletic's Jeff Howe believes Sony Michel is currently the "1B" to Damien Harris' "1A" in the Patriots backfield. Howe writes that both guys have "had the best training camp of their careers, thanks to performance and availability." That's a pleasant surprise regarding Michel considering most have written him off. Harris remains the favorite to lead New England in carries this season -- but his fantasy stock would take a significant hit if Michel is heavily involved. It's a situation to monitor in preseason action.

"Everything," Patriots RBs coach Ivan Fears responded when asked what RB Rhamondre Stevenson needs to improve. "What do I like about him? He’s here. I like that he’s here," Fears continued. "Other than that, everything’s got to improve. That’s what we have to get done. He’s got a lot to learn. He’s talented, we’ll see what he can do in the games, but right now, he’s got a lot to learn — a lot to learn.” Some tough love from a team that tends not to give rookies significant roles out of the gate. Stevenson is looking like a long shot for 2021 fantasy value, although an injury to RB Damien Harris could change that.

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