When N’Keal Harry was traded to Chicago last month, it was seen as a fresh start for the receiver. But now he has a snag.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday that Harry dropped out of training for the Bears early Saturday following an injury, which Rapoport confirmed is a high ankle sprain. With the regular season starting in a few weeks, a serious injury like this is a major blow to a player trying to establish himself in a fresh attack.
Harry was traded out of New England in July in exchange for a seventh round in 2024, nearly a year after formally requesting a trade from the Patriots. The 2019 first round roster hadn’t seen as much action as many had expected in his three years with the team and just was never able to find his place on offense, taking just 57 catches for 598 yards while in Foxborough. used to be.
By joining the Bears for the 2022 season, Harry hoped to find a place in a wide reception space with open competition for snaps in position as the start of a new era. After his first practice session with his new team last week, Harry said the move was a “much needed reset”, but with the news of the ankle sprain, it seems his fresh start will now have to wait.
High ankle sprains usually take about six weeks to heal, meaning Harry wouldn’t be available for at least the first two weeks of the season if that timeline holds. Not to mention he will miss the valuable preseason replays which would have given him more opportunities to prove to the coaching staff that he can play as a daily starter. Rapoport reported that Harry will see a specialist to make a definitive diagnosis of the injury, so he will have to see how bad the injury is and how long he will have to wait to get in line with his new team .