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N’Keal Harry doesn’t practice in Week 8 due to head injury, ruled out

N’Keal Harry is still recovering from the head injury he suffered against the 49ers in Week 7.

N’Keal Harry of the New England Patriots looks on after the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Gillette Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Friday PM update: Harry has been ruled OUT for Week 8.

Friday lunch update: Harry was not spotted at the start of practice, per Mike Reiss, which does not bode well for his chances of clearing the concussion protocol for Week 8.

Thursday PM update: Harry was once again a DNP at practice on Thursday as he attempts to get through the concussion protocol.

N’Keal Harry exited the New England Patriots’ Week 7 game with a head injury and is still working toward recovering ahead of his team’ Week 8 matchup against the Buffalo Bills. The wideout didn’t practice on Wednesday, according the Patriots’ injury report.

Harry is only second to Julian Edelman in targets so Patriots pass catchers will need to step up in his absence. Harry is the only New England wideout with a receiving touchdown, and that doesn’t bode well for scoring. Edelman hasn’t performed like a true WR1 and hasn’t eclipsed 40 receiving yards or three receptions four weeks. He could receive a big boost with limited options out wide.

Damiere Byrd has been a favorite of Cam Newton in recent weeks and is only second to Edelman in receiving yards. The speedster has looked like one of New England’s better downfield threats this season and could see a major uptick in production if Harry is ruled out.