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Patriots RB Damien Harris provides update after injury scares

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The New England Patriots clinched their first win of the season in Week 2 but nearly suffered a massive loss.

Near the end of the victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Harris ran for a five-yard run to secure the win, but the running back was slow to get off the ground after being tackled. Harris also limped off the field.

But after the game, the running back was beaming and not at all worried about missing through injury.

“I’m fine, dog! Look at me, I’m fine!” Harris told the media after the win.

After a mediocre week 1, the running back had a much more successful performance in week 2. Harris rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown on 15 attempts per Pro Football Reference. That brings his season total to 119 total rushing yards along with the only touchdown.

With a week to recover from any bumps or bruises, Patriots fans will expect to see Harris when Week 3 arrives.

Sunday was a special day for the Patriots organization. It was the 500th game for owner Robert Kraft. The man who brought football back to life in New England appears destined for a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Harris made sure the owner gave a salute after the win.

“Congratulations to Mr. Kraft on his 500th game as a New England Patriots owner,” he said. “This is a big day for our entire organization and franchise so it was great to be able to win on such a special day.”

The ball was presented to the owner in the Pittsburgh locker room by head coach Bill Belichick.

Harris had a successful Sunday alongside Mac Jones, who threw for over 250 passing yards and a touchdown per Pro Football Reference.

One reason for this success was the play of the offensive line. The unit received a lot of praise after the win in week 2.

“Just a great team win. It wasn’t a phase of the game,” Jones said. “(The) offensive line played great, (I) wasn’t even really hit. Hats off to them. Run game, pass game, they made it work. I was really proud of that.”

David Andrews added that it’s gratifying for New England to finish the game on the floor and show what the offensive line is capable of.

“The offensive line, man,” Andrews said. “We got third and third place right there at the end of the game. They’re like, ‘Oh man, I hope they call a run here. Then we went back and finished it. As an offensive line, it felt really good to end the game like this and come out with a W here.

New England faces a big test when the Baltimore Ravens come to Gillette Stadium, but if Harris and the offensive line continue to play well, the Patriots can get over .500 for the first time this season.

“The offensive line, man,” Andrews said. “We got third and third place right there at the end of the game. They’re like, ‘Oh man, I hope they call a run here. Then we went back and finished it. As an offensive line, it felt really good to end the game like this and come out with a W here.

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