Maurice Harris

Patriots release WR Maurice Harris with injury settlement

Patriots release WR Maurice Harris with injury settlement

Wide receiver Maurice Harris, who was cut by the Patriots earlier this week with an injury designation, has cleared waivers and reached an injury settlement with the team.

Field Yates of ESPN was first to report the injury settlement, which means he the receiver and the team have come to an agreement on how long he'll be out. The Patriots will pay him for that amount of time. If Harris signs with another team before then, the Pats will no longer have to pay him. He can re-sign with the Patriots six weeks after the settlement is complete.

Harris, 26, who played for the Washington Redskins his first three seasons in the NFL, stood out early in camp and in the preseason opener against the Lions (three catches, including a touchdown) but was injured in joint practices with the Titans. 

Phil Perry's latest roster projection has the Pats keeping seven wide receivers to start the season: Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, N'Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers, Phillip Dorsett, Demaryius Thomas, Matthew Slater.

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NFL Rumors: Patriots release wide receiver Maurice Harris

NFL Rumors: Patriots release wide receiver Maurice Harris

Once Josh Gordon returned to the Patriots and was made eligible for Week 1 against the Steelers, someone on the depth chart at wide receiver had to go. It appears Maurice Harris is that player. 

According to Field Yates, the Patriots have released Harris. The 26-year-old was a bright spot in training camp as he developed some chemistry with Tom Brady and looked good in the team's first preseason game against the Lions, catching three passes for 27 yards and a touchdown. 

Unfortunately for Harris, he got hurt in joint practices with the Titans, causing him to miss the last two preseason contests. As a player on the bubble, it's a harsh reality when injuries take away the chance at a roster spot. 

The Patriots are plenty deep at wide receiver, as Phil Perry notes in his latest 53-man roster projection, and look primed to supplement the loss of Rob Gronkowski with a number of outside threats and versatile running backs. 

The Pats will wrap up their season Thursday against the Giants before beginning their sixth Super Bowl championship defense. 

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NFL Preseason: Which Patriots are on the roster bubble?

NFL Preseason: Which Patriots are on the roster bubble?

Now that Demaryius Thomas is off the PUP list, Josh Gordon has been reinstated and Julian Edelman is off the NFI list, what was looking like a thin group of Patriots wide receivers suddenly looks very different.

And considering that Jakobi Meyers has opened eyes with his preseason performance and N'Keal Harry was a first-round draft pick, the fight for roster spots is intense among other Patriots wideouts.

Can Phillip Dorsett, Maurice Harris, or Braxton Berrios do enough to secure a roster spot for the 2019 season? A good performance in New England's preseason game against the Panthers Thursday night would certainly help.

While that competition might be front and center, there are players fighting for jobs up and down the roster. Teams must cut rosters down to 53 players on August 31, so time is running short.

Phil Perry has been filing roster-projections throughout the offseason, and thinks several players are living squarely on the roster bubble.

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