Harris was reinstated from his one-game suspension Monday, Howard Balzer of BalzerSports.com reports.
Harris was forced to miss Week 1 after violating the league's substance abuse policy, but looks set to return to a passing offense that just put up four touchdowns against a tough Chargers front. Harris is a red-zone asset at 6-7, and has proven to be one half of a dangerous tight end combination with Travis Kelce. He will look to make an impact against the Steelers in Week 2.
Harris was suspended for one game by the NFL on Tuesday for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
The suspension stems from Harris pleading guilty to a charge of possession of marijuana, and the backup tight end will now have to wait until Week 2 to make his 2018 debut. In Harris' absence, either Tim Wright or Jace Amaro will most likely operate as the No. 2 tight end behind Travis Kelce in the Chiefs' season opener.
Harris wrapped up the 2017 regular season with three catches (four targets) for 73 yards Sunday against the Broncos. He completed the campaign with 18 total grabs for 224 yards and a score.
Harris was more involved in the passing game during the last two weeks of the regular season, hauling in a combined seven passes on 11 targets. However, he remains a distant second to Travis Kelce on the depth chart and should serve in the same role for the Chiefs in 2018. He has proven a capable backup when given the opportunity, but there won't be much opportunity barring an injury to Kelce.
Harris will serve as the starting tight end with Travis Kelce inactive for Sunday's Week 17 tilt against the Broncos.
The 26-year-old, who has 15 receptions (on 31 targets) for 151 yards and one touchdown through 15 games, will run with the first unit in Kelce's absence. Harris will see targets from the arm of rookie Patrick Mahomes, who'll be under center in place of Alex Smith against the Broncos. Given that the Chiefs will also be down wideout Tyreek Hill (coach's decision) in terms of pass catchers, Harris could make for an intriguing Hail Mary Week 17 option, especially in DFS contests.
Harris could see additional snaps during the team's regular-season finale Sunday against the Broncos, Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star reports.
Harris was unusually active int he offense during Week 16 and it wouldn't be surprising if that is the case again in the regular-season finale, especially if Travis Kelce sits out Sunday as expected. Harris could sneak on to the daily fantasy radar as a red zone threat for quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and the Broncos struggle covering the tight end according to Football Outsider's DVOA.
|4||10/1/18||@ DEN||8:15 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ NE||8:20 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|11||11/19/18||@ LAR||8:15 pm|
|Bye: Week 12|
|13||12/2/18||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ SEA||8:20 pm|
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|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||8||3||3||20||6.7||10||0||0||0||1|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||16||9||7||74||10.6||25||1||1||0||2|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||16||11||17||123||7.2||13||1||0||0||9|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||16||7||18||224||12.4||51||1||3||1||11|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||1||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||8||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||16||1||19||19.0||19||0||0|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||1||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||8||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||16||3||1.0||2||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||16||4||4.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||16||2||1.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||16||1||0||0||0||1||27||1||1|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|