Reports: Harry to IR; Thomas set to return

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Bill Belichick raised some eyebrows on Saturday with his decision to release veteran Demaryius Thomas. Based on ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s recent report, he may be back in the fold.

Schefter tweeted that the Patriots are placing rookie first-round pick N’Keal Harry on injured reserve. That opens a roster spot and Schefter later tweeted that Thomas would return to fill it, replacing the rookie wide receiver.

Regardless, it’s a disappointing start to Harry’s career. He will now be forced to sit out at least the first eight games of his rookie season and won’t be eligible to return to practice until after six weeks. Schefter did say Harry was battling an ankle injury (he also dealt with a hamstring problem this summer) and is expected to return at some point this season.

Thomas caught seven passes for 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the preseason finale last Thursday against the Giants. Although that production came against players New York ultimately released, Thomas showed he was healthy after returning from a torn Achilles suffered last December while with Houston.

Thomas adds to a receiving corps that includes Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski.

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