Patriots Practice Notes: Gunner Olszewski Returns; Rookies Get New Numbers

Damien Harris and Beau Allen remained out Monday

by Zack Cox

September 7, 2020

FOXBORO, Mass. — Notes and observations from Monday’s New England Patriots practice:

— Running back Damien Harris and defensive tackle Beau Allen remained absent. They’re prime candidates to land on injured reserve ahead of Sunday’s season opener against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.

— Wide receiver/punt returner Gunner Olszewski returned to practice after missing the previous three sessions — a positive sign for his Week 1 availability.

— Rookies who made the Patriots’ 53-man roster received new, position-appropriate jersey numbers after wearing temporary digits throughout the summer.

Safety Kyle Dugger (second round) will wear No. 35, which running back Lamar Miller sported before his release this past weekend. Tight end Devin Asiasi (third round) will wear No. 86, the same number he wore at UCLA. Tight end Dalton Keene (third round), who played H-back at Virginia Tech and could see some snaps at fullback for the Patriots, will wear No. 44.

The Patriots have yet to announce the full list of number changes, which made taking full practice attendance challenging.

Rookies who signed to the practice squad still are wearing their temporary camp numbers, which range from No. 55 (kicker Justin Rohrwasser) to No. 77 (wide receiver Isaiah Zuber).

— The Patriots will release their first injury report of the season Wednesday.

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