Harris recorded three receptions on four targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Falcons. Harris finished second on the team in targets and receptions behind only Tre'Quan Smith. However, that translated into subpar production as the Saints took to the air only 24 times as opposed to 46 rushing attempts. Harris had an inconsistent season marred by a three-game suspension, time on the reserve/COVID-19 list and a hamstring injury. However, when on the field he emerged as a big-play threat by logging five receptions of 20 or more yards and four receptions that gained at least 40 yards. The Saints could overhaul their offensive personnel this offseason, meaning Harris' potential role in 2022 remains unclear.
Harris caught two of two targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 18-10 win over Carolina. Making his return from a three-game suspension, Harris finished third among Saints wide receivers in offensive snaps, despite the absence of Tre'Quan Smith (chest). While Harris still was able to do just as much damage as Lil'Jordan Humphrey (two catches for 28 yards), both of these receivers watched as Marquez Callaway brought in six of 10 targets for 97 yards. However, it's possible that Harris' mid-week stint on the COVID-19 list impacted his playing time. If so, Harris could be in store for a heightened workload Week 18 against Atlanta, especially if Smith remains sidelined.
Harris (illness) was removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports. Harris spent time on the COVID-19 list during the third and final week of his league-imposed suspension, but if he checks out fine from a conditioning standpoint, he could step into a big role this Sunday against Carolina. Starting wideout Tre'Quan Smith (chest) has been ruled out already, with backups Lil'Jordan Humphrey (illness) and Ty Montgomery (back) listed as questionable. Still, there's not a ton of upside for the Saints' passing game with Taysom Hill at quarterback.
Harris' suspension was lifted Tuesday, but he remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports. Harris found himself on the COVID-19 list Sunday, just one day before he was set to fulfill his three-game ban for violating the NFL's policy and program for substances of abuse. If he clears amended league protocols in time to play Week 17 against the Panthers, he'd join Marquez Callaway, Lil'Jordan Humphrey and potentially Tre'Quan Smith (chest) as the primary wide receivers for whoever happens to be available at quarterback for the Saints.
The Saints placed Harris (suspension) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports. Harris has one game to go on his three-game suspension, which will be served once the Saints play Monday against the Dolphins. Once the ban is lifted Tuesday, though, he'll already be on a different reserve list, with his return to the team subject to COVID-19 protocols. If Harris is able to at some point in the next week, he'll be eligible to play next Sunday versus the Panthers.
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