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Damien Harris downgraded to OUT for Week 15 vs. Colts on Saturday

We break down the news that Damien Harris won’t play on the short week due to a hamstring injury.

New England Patriots running back Damien Harris (37) runs after a catch against the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Friday update: The Patriots have downgraded RB Damien Harris to out for Week 15 vs. the Colts on Saturday. That means the Pats will go with a backfield of Brandon Bolden and Rhamondre Stevenson against Indy.

Wednesday update: Harris was limited again on Wednesday. He’s trending in the right direction, but a full practice on Thursday would be the best possible sign.

New England Patriots running back Damien Harris was limited in practice on Tuesday with a a hamstring injury, per Doug Kyed. Harris suffered the injury in Week 13 against the Buffalo Bills.

Fantasy football implications

It will be interesting to see how Harris progresses throughout the week before Saturday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. The 5-foot-11 running back had an impressive game against the Bills, where he had 111 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown. He could’ve had more yards, but exited in third quarter with the hamstring injury.

If Harris cannot play or limited, we should see double-digit carries for rookie Rhamondre Stevenson, who had a season-high 24 against the Bills. The Colts’ run defense is adequate, but can be ran on as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed back in Week 12. The Patriots will look to stay in the hunt for the top seed in the AFC playoffs.