Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) took limited practice reps Thursday. This is the same program as last week when he was ultimately ruled out. We wouldn't gamble on a gimpy part-timer who may or may not play on Monday night. If he's out, it will boost the prospects of Sony Michel and James White. Brandon Bolden will continue to vulture touchdowns from that duo.
The tweet went on to say it's pretty clear that Michele is the No. 1 RB right now. That should leave White to resume his normal pass-catching duties. Harris got a lot of attention in the spring but seems to be fading for now.
Patriots beat reporter Evan Lazar reports, "In a positive development, second-year running back Sony Michel was a full participant in practice for the first time this summer. Michel had an offseason cleanup procedure on his knee, and the team eased him back into action. Michel looks good, making hard cuts without hesitation and with slightly more quickness than last season."
Getting back to full work is great to see for Michel. It doesn't look like the team will try to limit his work, which could mean they aren't that worried about his knee. Damien Harris remains as someone to watch, but Michel will likely hold down the top spot as long as his knee holds up.