Harmon (knee) played 20 defensive snaps in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans. It looks as though Harmon has fully recovered from the knee injury that been plaguing him for quite some time. Harmon projects to serve as a backup safety for New England this season after accruing 29 stops and an interception in 16 appearances in 2016.
Harmon signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the Patriots on Thursday, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports. Harmon was the Patriots' top reserve safety behind Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung in 2016, finishing the season with 29 tackles and two passes defensed, including an interception, while playing in all 16 regular season games. At one point viewed as a major reach when the Patriots tabbed him 91st overall in the 2013 NFL draft, Harmon has solidified his standing in the team's secondary and figures to continue to see his share of snaps in the Patriots' sub defense packages in 2017.
Patriots rookie safety Duron Harmon made an interception for the second straight game, returning it 42 yards in the Week 9 win over the Steelers. He added four tackles, giving him eight tackles and three passes defended this season.
The Patriots entered Week 2 against the Jets with a lengthy injury report, however most of the players listed were able to play through their injuries. Those playing through listed injuries are: wide receivers Aaron Dobson (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (hamstring); defensive backs Nate Ebner (ankle), Duron Harmon (hamstring), Marquice Cole (hamstring) and Alfonzo Dennard (ankle); and running backs Stevan Ridley (shoulder) and Leon Washington (thigh).
The Patriots enter Week 2 against the Jets with 13 players listed on the injury report. Eight of those players are listed as questionable for Thursday's game, after being largely limited throughout the week in practice. The eight players listed as questionable are: running backs Brandon Bolden (knee) and Leon Washington (thigh); wide receivers Aaron Dobson (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (knee); tight end Zach Sudfeld (hamstring); defensive backs Nate Ebner (ankle) and Duron Harmon (hamstring); and tackle Will Svitek (knee).