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.
This certainly makes for an interesting fantasy situation at the position for the Patriots, as Damien Harris has posted two games with 100 yards in the last three weeks and could continue to be the lead back in the group. How New England uses their former first-round pick after returning from a quad injury should be interesting but Michel has been practicing the past two weeks. Harris is currently a top-20 back and Rex Burkhead still sits in the top-25 for the moment in half-PPR.
The team also placed OL Shaq Mason and DE Derek Rivers on the list. This is certainly a ding to the Patriots’ offensive line but they at least were able to gain confidence two weeks ago when Damien Harris had a very solid game against the Chiefs. He now looks poised to continue as the lead back on the ground with Michel out of the picture for the time being. As of now, the Patriots are still on track to play Sunday against the Broncos.