Phillip Dorsett explains how he helped N'Keal Harry stay sharp despite being on injured reserve


FOXBOROUGH -- N'Keal Harry has been on injured reserve since the start of the season, which means he hasn't been able to practice with the rest of the team.

The rookie first-round pick was placed on injured reserve before the start of the season and returned to practice Tuesday -- the first day he was eligible to as one of the two Patriots designated to return from IR this season.

While Harry hasn't been able to practice, he has been able to participate in meetings and his fellow wide outs, including Phillip Dorsett, did what they could to keep him sharp.

“We’ve stayed on him,” Dorsett said. “I know I’ve stayed on him, talking to him every day about it. Just making sure that he’s in shape mentally, physically, emotionally, making sure he’s ready to play. Obviously, he has some time. He has to catch up, but he’ll be fine.”

Harry joins a wide receivers group that includes, Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Dorsett, Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski.

If Harry can have some success, it would benefit the entire offense, which is part of the reason why Dorsett kept on the rookie even though he was on IR.

“It’s not like I have to. I want to,” Dorsett said. “He’s a good guy. He’s my teammate. I want him to succeed just as much as I want to succeed. At the end of the day, if he succeeds, this team succeeds. We all have one goal. We want to win. And we know that he knows that he can help us win.”Harry can return to game action beginning Nov. 3 against the Ravens.