If N'Keal Harry ends up becoming a major contributor for the Patriots, it won't happen until the second half of his rookie season.
Harry, the team's first-round pick, has been placed on injured reserve, a source confirmed.
The Patriots re-signed Demaryius Thomas to a one-year deal to fill Harry's spot, according to a source.
Harry suffered an apparent hamstring injury during a joint practice session with the Lions, but played in the preseason game at Detroit. He exited with another unspecified leg injury after an acrobatic 25-yard catch-and-run down the left sideline. Although the injury was described as “not major” at the time, it held him back from fully participating in practice.
Harry's limited practice availability, coupled with the unexpected additions of Josh Gordon (coming off a suspension) and Thomas (coming off the PUP list), bumped the rookie wideout down the depth chart.
Harry must miss at least the first eight weeks of the regular season. He'll be eligible to re-join the Pats in Week 9.
Thomas, who dominated to the tune of seven receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason finale, joins a receivers unit that includes Edelman, Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, and undrafted rookies Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski.