Harris (finger) took part in practice Wednesday, indicating the Patriots have designated him to return from injured reserve, Andrew Callahan of The Springfield Republican reports.

With James White (personal) also rejoining the team, New England suddenly has quite the crowd in a backfield that received excellent Week 3 results from the trio of Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel and J.J. Taylor. It's not quite clear how Harris will fit in if he's ready to return for Sunday's game in Kansas City, but he generated some buzz back in training camp as a threat to challenge Michel for the lead ballcarrier role. Of course, Michel is averaging only 8.7 carries per game, in part because quarterback Cam Newton has emerged as the primary rushing threat, and in part due to Burkhead and Taylor being involved. Trying to decipher this backfield before Sunday feels like a fool's errand, but it is possible New England beat writers get some hints from the practice field.

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