Harbor's addition comes two days after Eric Ebron sustained knee and ankle injuries in a 17-14 loss against Chicago. Ebron was able to finish the game, but was in visible discomfort during and after it.
"Battling life, man," Ebron said after the game. "It's football. It's what you do. You play hurt. You play banged up. It's what we do."
The story said coach Jim Caldwell declined to offer an update on Ebron's status, and it's unclear whether he'll be limited heading into Sunday's game against the Eagles. Harbor is also a former Eagle and is more of an offensive threat than a blocker.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is still not 100 percent healthy, still feeling the effects of when he pulled up and took himself out of practice on Aug. 15. He remains limited in practice with a hamstring injury.
Gronkowski's inclusion on the team's first injury report of the season Wednesday adds context to what he's been facing health-wise. Gronkowski took himself out of a joint practice with the Chicago Bears on Aug. 15 after attempting to catch a pass from quarterback Tom Brady along the sideline. He returned to practice Aug. 24, but didn't play in either of the final two preseason games, which wasn't a major surprise considering Gronkowski hasn't played in the preseason since 2012.
The implication is that Gronk may not play in Week 1, but if he's limited in practice on Wednesday, it's an indicator that he'll be out there on Sunday night. The Patriots play in Arizona, and players who are not going to play typically do not travel, so we should know more on Saturday.
Aug 08, 2016 · 4:12 PM EDT
Lost in the hype surrounding the Martellus Bennett acquisition and the Summer of Gronk III was the fact that the Patriots added a No. 3 tight end that could start for quite a few teams.
Clay Harbor, formerly of the Eagles and Jaguars, inked a two-year deal with the Pats in the spring, receiving a reported $400,000 signing bonus. That's a hefty guarantee for a player that is not considered a lock to make the final roster.
Or perhaps the Pats truly do have a spot set aside for Harbor. After all, he gives them something different.
While Gronkowski and Bennett have, as Bill Belichick said, "interchangeable" skill sets, the 6-foot-2 Harbor is in the "move" tight end mold: athletic and agile with the ball in his hands, able to serve as a fullback, and able to line up wide.
Harbor participated in spring practices, but began the summer on the PUP list. He came off PUP Sunday — along with Julian Edelman — and caught passes from Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo Monday.