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Damien Harris limited by ankle injury on Thursday in Week 8

Damien Harris was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice because of an ankle injury.

New England Patriots running back Damien Harris runs onto the field in warm up before a game between the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers on October 25, 2020, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Thursday PM update: Harris was limited in practice on Thursday, marking his second consecutive limited day in Week 8.

New England Patriots running back Damien Harris is emerging as his team’s best option out of the backfield but is banged up ahead of a Week 8 matchup against the Buffalo Bills. The running back was limited in Wednesday’s practice by an ankle injury but there’s been no indication that he won’t be able to suit up come Sunday.

Harris has flown under the radar since exploding for 100 rushing yards on 17 carries against the Kansas City Chiefs, but has consistently led the Patriots in carries lately. He only notched six carries in a Week 6 loss to the Denver Broncos before converting 10 into 58 yards the following week. If the Patriots opt to pound the ground because of their thin receiving corps, Harris could be in for another big game.

Rex Burkhead and James White will also get touches for New England but haven’t been factors for a while. Both backs are more threatening as pass catchers than runners and should back up Harris if he plays.