Patriots

Report: RB Damien Harris expected to play vs. Cowboys

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The New England Patriots will have their workhorse running back available Sunday as they attempt to keep pace with the Dallas Cowboys.

Damien Harris is set to play against the Cowboys in Week 6 despite being questionable with a rib injury, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning. Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, also questionable with a rib injury, is expected to play as well, per Schefter.

Harris exited last Sunday's game against the Houston Texans in the second half and actually went to a local hospital in Houston for treatment after the game instead of flying home with the team, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. He didn't practice Wednesday but returned Thursday in a limited capacity.

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Harris is the Patriots' clear leading rusher with 230 yards on 63 attempts through two games. (No other Patriots player has more than 40 rushing yards.) The third-year back has struggled with ball security, though, losing a costly fumble in a Week 1 defeat to the Miami Dolphins and fumbling again last Sunday.

New England is averaging just 80 rushing yards per game through five weeks (26th) in the NFL, so it will turn to Harris and rookie Rhamondre Stevenson to improve that mark Sunday against the 4-1 Cowboys.