Canadian receiver N’Keal Harry suffers high ankle sprain in training camp with Chicago Bears

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Canadian receiver N’Keal Harry’s tenure with the Chicago Bears has gotten off to an unfortunate start.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network has reported that Harry suffered a high ankle sprain in practice over the weekend, an injury that is expected to keep him out for the next six weeks. It’s unfortunate timing for the former-first round pick that is looking to rebuild his professional career with a new team heading into the 2022 season.

The Toronto native was selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He played only seven games as a rookie — starting five — due to injury and recorded 12 receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns. He also started the team’s playoff game and caught two passes for 21 yards.

Harry’s best season came in 2020 when he dressed for 14 games with nine starts and caught a career-high 33 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. His numbers diminished in 2021 when he made 12 receptions for 184 yards over 12 games with four starts. He was a healthy scratch in the final week of the regular season.

The Patriots declined Harry’s fifth-year option in May 2022 and traded him to the Bears in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft last month.

The six-foot-four, 225-pound target played three seasons at Arizona State and caught 213 passes for 2,889 yards and 22 touchdowns over 37 career games. He moved to the Caribbean Island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as a child and was later raised by his grandmother in Arizona.