The Patriots are rather thin at the wide receiver position. Number one Julian Edelman will miss multiple weeks due to a broken foot. His replacement Danny Amendola has missed yesterday's game due to a knee injury. Aaron Dobson has been placed on injured reserve last week.
Still, the team has decided to let go one of its back-up options, according to Tom E. Curran:
The Patriots have released Chris Harper.
Chris Harper has been a preseason standout for the Patriots and made the initial 53-man roster but was cut on September 15. After going through waivers unclaimed, the 21-year old was signed to New England's practice squad. After Edelman's injury, Harper was promoted to the active roster.
Following his promotion, he played in both games against the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos. Against Denver, Harper made a momentum-changing play, when he muffed a punt in the fourth quarter which was recovered by the Broncos and gave them great field position.
If Harper goes unclaimed, he is a likely candidate to be re-signed to the Patriots' practice squad.