Damien Harris out with hamstring injury

Rookie Rhamondre Stevenson would be the starter and team up with Brandon Bolden

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots reported that Damien Harris was out for the Week 15 game against the Indianapolis Colts with a hamstring injury, which leads rookie Rhamondre Stevenson to the start.

Damien Harris was listed as questionable because of the injury and was limited in practice throughout the week.

He was hurt in the team’s Week 13 win over the Buffalo Bills, but despite resting last week, Harris’s hamstring didn’t heal enough for him to be able to play Saturday.

Harris rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on just 10 carries in the win over the Bills. On the season, he leads the team with 754 yards on 164 carries (4.6 yards per carry), with nine touchdowns.

The 6-foot-226-pound Stevenson, a fourth-round pick from Oklahoma, has rushed for 429 yards on 100 carries, with three touchdowns this season.

He had a rocky start to the season, fumbles in an early season loss to the Miami Dolphins, which led to him sitting on the bench for three games. He came back for two games before the victory over the New York Jets on October 24.

Since that time, he has played six consecutive dates and teamed up with Harris to form a ‘potent one-two punch.’

“His attitude, and the way the kid handles himself, has grown tremendously,” running backs coach Ivan Fears noted earlier this week. “You have to love the way the child has adapted to who we are and what we need from him. He has received all the criticism in the world and has improved. Much better. I think if he continues like this, it will be something special.” .

Stevenson would play alongside veteran Brandon Bolden on Saturday night against the Colts. The team probably would have turned to second-year running back JJ Taylor to add depth, but Taylor remains on the reserve / COVID-19 list.

As a result, the Patriots may consider promoting former Nebraska running back Devine Ozigbo from the practice team.