Rex Burkhead was running well this season and looked to be in the discussion for the Patriots’ most effective back. However, that all came to an end Sunday when he suffered a season-ending knee injury that may end his time in New England.
Burkhead will be a 30-year-old unrestricted free agent and may not be in the plans for the Patriots moving forward. Harris, White and Michel, who didn't play in Week 11 but was activated, will lead the way at RB. It could continue to be a cloudy situation when it comes to the New England running backs especially if Michel is activated for Week 12.
The story said further evaluation of his injury won’t happen until he does return. Michel is rumored to be back soon and would join Harris and White in the Patriots backfield assuming Burkhead is going to miss some time.
Sep 25, 2020 · 6:59 PM EDT
Patriots RB James White (not injury related, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 3. Rex Burkhead will continue to see extra snaps.
The Patriots figure to ease Sony Michel, their No. 1 back from 2018 and 2019, into the mix after his offseason foot surgery. Michel returned to practice just two weeks ago.
Initial plans had Damien Harris as part of that RB rotation, as the 2019 third-round draft pick from Alabama caught the eye of running backs coach Ivan Fears, who had said, "From what we've seen, and the training camp he's had, he's pretty exciting."
Michel said Sunday that his previously injured foot has responded well. Michel is the team's main banger between the tackles and the story added Taylor, who also returns punts, has drawn comparisons to former Patriots running back Dion Lewis. White is probably still the back to own in this offense, especially in PPR leagues.