Patriots leading rusher Harris injures hamstring

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Patriots leading rusher Damien Harris injured his hamstring in the first half of Sunday's game against the Lions.

Patriots leading rusher Damien Harris injures hamstring 3:01 PM ET Mike ReissESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Patriots since 1997 Joined ESPN in 2009 FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots leading rusher Damien Harris injured his hamstring in the first half of Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions and was ruled out at halftime. Harris entered the day with a team-high 246 yards on 53 carries (4.6 average), with three touchdowns. The injury thrust Rhamondre Stevenson into the top role Sunday as the only other running back on the team's game-day roster. Harris and Stevenson have split time through the first four games of the season, with Harris -- the fourth-year pro from the University of Alabama -- the starter. Editor's Picks Lions S Smith (neck) taken off field in ambulance 17m Eric Woodyard 1 Related Stevenson entered Sunday with 211 rushing yards on 43 carries (4.9 avg.), with one touchdown. Stevenson also had 11 receptions for 57 yards entering Sunday's game. If Harris' injury keeps him out beyond this week, the Patriots also have rookie running back Pierre Strong Jr . -- a fourth-round pick from South Dakota State -- on their 53-man roster. Strong was a healthy scratch for Sunday's game. In addition, rookie running back Kevin Harris , a sixth-round pick from South Carolina, is on the practice squad along with third-year running back J.J Taylor .