New England Patriots operating backs Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee, who’re each listed as questionable with knee accidents, usually are not anticipated to play in Saturday’s divisional-round playoff sport towards the Tennessee Titans, sources informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Patriots did some excellent news regarding their backfield, nevertheless, as James White, the workforce’s prime “passing again” who missed the previous two video games with an ankle harm, is anticipated to play towards the Titans, a supply informed Schefter.
Burkhead, who practiced in a restricted style on Thursday, initially damage his knee in a Dec. 17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and hasn’t performed since. With out his dual-threat skill as a rusher and pass-catcher, the Patriots’ offense sputtered at occasions in December.
The 27-year-old, who rushed for 264 yards and 5 touchdowns this season, informed reporters Thursday that he was “excited” concerning the prospect of returning towards the Titans.
“After the [knee] harm, you by no means know what will occur,” Burkhead informed reporters. “In order that’s at all times behind your head. However whenever you get excellent news, it lets you stay up for these video games a bit higher.”
Gillislee practiced in a restricted style Thursday for the primary time since he was injured in Week 16 towards the Payments. Previous to that sport, he had missed six video games — 5 as a wholesome scratch and one due to sickness.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss contributed to this report.