Rex Burkhead and Alan Branch back to Patriots practice

AP

The Patriots have an extra week to get ready, but they’re getting some guys back on the field this week.

Via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, running back Rex Burkhead and defensive tackle Alan Branch returned to practice Wednesday after extended absences.

Burkhead hasn’t played since Week 15 with a knee injury, and Branch has been out since Week 14 with a knee problem as well. The goal seemed to be to give them the last few weeks of the regular season to have them ready for the postseason, and that seems to be a better bet now.

Running back Mike Gillislee (knee) and defensive end Eric Lee (ankle) are the only players not practicing,

23 responses to “Rex Burkhead and Alan Branch back to Patriots practice

  1. Loading up and adding in wrinkles to their game. Making it hard for other teams to game plan. Be ready to see a few new plays next week. This ain’t week 1.

  2. nhpats says More bad news for #TheHaters

    Yeah the mere appearance of these 2 ham-and-eggers should vault the Pats right into the Super Bowl.

  3. In addition to getting Branch back in the mix there’s more good news hidden in the last sentence. Gillislee & Lee being the only players not practicing means Mitchell, Hogan and Flowers are. @ grant35, Branch (on his game) and Burkhead (8.5 ypc out of the backfield) are far from ‘ham and eggers’ lol.

  4. commentawaitingdeletion says: Branch (on his game) and Burkhead (8.5 ypc out of the backfield) are far from ‘ham and eggers’

    Uh, I don’t know if I’d call a 33 yr old lineman w/ 2.5 sacks in 4 yrs w/ the Pats & a 6th rd castoff from the Bengals w/ about 9 TDs in 5 yrs as the type of guys you designate for franchise tags either.

  5. grant35 says:
    January 3, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    nhpats says More bad news for #TheHaters

    Yeah the mere appearance of these 2 ham-and-eggers should vault the Pats right into the Super Bowl.

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    Agreed that was a ridiculous notion. It was obvious the Pats are going long begore this.

  6. The Patriots team has always been filled with “ ham and eggers”, whatever that means. Did Julio Jones catapulted his team to win the SB? James White, the under- million dollar man did for the Patriots. The Patriots rejects and misfits get no respect. But it’s o.k. It makes the win sweeter.

  7. While Branch has been a little more off his game than last year, he’s still a valuable piece in stopping the run.
    Basically, everyone who is crucial is practicing

  8. It’s certainly exciting to get a player back who spent the first 14 weeks helping to catapult his defense to an impressive 29th ranking. Can burkhead play D too?

  9. grant35 says:
    January 3, 2018 at 1:18 pm
    Uh, I don’t know if I’d call a 33 yr old lineman w/ 2.5 sacks in 4 yrs w/ the Pats & a 6th rd castoff from the Bengals w/ about 9 TDs in 5 yrs as the type of guys you designate for franchise tags either.
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    Grant is one of those guys that determines football talent from the stats on NFL.com. A prime example of a “ham and egger” in the stat world of people like Grant is Vince Wilfork. Vince managed only 19 sacks in 13 NFL seasons. Most people would think of Vince Wilfork as one of the best 3-4 Nose tackles ever. His ability to make an impact on the game had nothing to do with statistics. Strangely, Vince was considered a franchise player for the Patriots, because, you know, they applied the franchise tag to him after the 2009 season.

  10. Excellent. With Branch back to help against the run, and Van Noy back in the middle where he belongs, and Harrison and hopefully Eric Lee back to rush the passer, and Burkhead’s playmaking, The Patriots will have themselves in about as good a position as they can be in all things considered. Obviously they can’t get back players on IR but this is all good news. Getting Gillislee healthy will be a bonus in terms of roster depth, considering they were just very very thin at running back the last couple of weeks. Now that they have themselves in a good position, let’s see what they do with it.

  11. Ham and eggers or huge key assets or whatever in between. The bottom line is that Patriots were already a winning team and the top seed even before these guys came back.

  12. It would be cool for Buffalo to come to town, but a revenge game against the Chiefs would be excellent.

  13. Harry Canyon says: Grant is one of those guys that determines football talent from the stats on NFL.com

    First off Mr Canyon, I don’t look at NFL.com since it mostly has I Love the Patriots stories which I find boring. Secondly, I guess when you have a patchwork, lets-pray-we-hold-them-to-a-fieldgoal defense that NE has scotch-taped together, any warm defensive body on the roster is welcome. Third, Vince Willfork made All-Pro about 5 or 6 times – but I guess a lot of ham-and-eggers make All Pro, huh?

  14. Ham and eggs are great as they can make a fantastic breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Give the Pats more “ham and eggers” and they will just keep piling up the championships.

  15. I feel as if one of the Patriots’ greatest strengths is their roster depth. To mock them for that seems odd.

    Look at Chandler Jones. Had a fantastic year, I’m happy for him. But his team didn’t make the playoffs. After he left the Pats, we won the Super Bowl. Besides his bizarre behavior before the playoff game, we knew he’d be hard to sign b/c he’d want max money. That’s not how NE builds a roster and he’s gone. I wish we had more of a pass rush, sure, but its hard to argue with success.

    Ham and eggers? Seems like a roster full of them with a few megastars sprinkled in is the recipe for success in today’s NFL.

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