James White is expected to return for the Patriots

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Many teams have a clear hierarchy at running back. With the Patriots, no one ever quite knows who will play, how much they’ll play, how much they’ll get the ball, or what they’ll do with it.

On Saturday night against the Titans, running back James White is expected to return after missing two games with an ankle injury, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee won’t play on Saturday night, per Schefter. Both are listed as questionable with knee injuries.

Burkhead hasn’t played since Week 15 against the Steelers, and Gillislee has barely been on the field in recent weeks, due to injury and a coach’s decision to not activate him.

Dion Lewis has been the team’s top running back this season, with 896 yards rushing and 214 receiving. White had more receiving yards (429), but added only 171 rushing.

13 responses to “James White is expected to return for the Patriots

  1. Just yesterday, there was a lot of press hoopla in the Boston area about “full strength” and everyone showing up “for the first time” in a long time….

    now this report confirms what many following the team must have wondered, “how is it possible to be “full strength” when many have serious, ongoing injuries.

    It was a psychological ploy, IMO. as in, “hey! Titans….we got everybody back in time to play”

  2. Patriots are solid at running back despite the injuries. Lewis, White, Develin and Bolden in a pinch. White is the only one that cost BB a draft pick, 4th round, and all are signed at team friendly contracts.

    It may look like the will be without a power running game but Lewis runs with power and Devlin blocks with power.

  3. The Patriots paid $12.5M this year for all four of the guys listed in the article, but Le’veon Bell is threatening not to play if he is tagged for $14.5M (and he made $12.1M this year).

    Bell had 321 carries for 1291 yards (86.1 yards per game, 4.0 yards per rush). Bell also had 85 receptions for 644 yards (43.7 yards per game, 7.7 average per catch)

    The Patriots rotation had 389 carries for 1714 yards (107.1 yards per game, 4.4 yards per rush). They also had 119 receptions for 912 yards (57 yards per game, 7.7
    yards per catch).

    The Pats were better in almost every category, even with games missed. Bell, while, no question, is a great back, he is overpriced. When he goes down, the Steelers are in deep trouble. When a Pats’ back goes down, it is like shark’s teeth…another is right there to replace him, and you never know which tooth is going to bite you in the behind.

  4. I live 15 miles south of Gillette and the weather has been wild and wooly the last 24 hours. Got up to 55 degrees, pouring rain with gusts up to 50 mph. Wind is going to slow, temp is going to drop to 20 degrees by game time, there will be a flash freeze of the water that’s everywhere and field conditions could be pretty bad. Would assume they have a tarp over the field but it rained something like 3″ overnight and I can’t see how a tarp would have stopped at the very least the periphery of the field getting soaked.

    Going to be slippery and hard to hold onto the ball.

  5. meh, the field is heated. The track could be a bit slippery but the wind should be more of a factor. The pats have the most rushing TD’s and the second most rushing yards in the NFL over the final six games of season, they should be able to establish a decent run game and throw well off play action.

  6. Regarding rain and ice and field conditions…

    Don’t forget that the Patriots stadium has FieldTurf installed.
    Which according to the FieldTurf website…drainage is installed under FieldTurf:

    “The drainage base consists of compacted stone materials found beneath the turf carpet, providing a level surface which allows precipitation to trickle through it before reaching the drainage system.”

    My guess is that 12 hours is more than enough time for the field to be extremely dry. The sun is currently shining and it’s 46 degrees.

    The Patriots last game was December 31 against the Jets. The temperature was 13 degrees at kickoff. That was the coldest game in Patriots history.

    Tonight it may be close to 25 degrees when the game starts. The low temperature for the night is forecast to be 11 degrees. But that may be later. Which means that the temperature may drop as the game goes on. Even if the temperature drops later in the game it would only be close to what the temperature was when the Patriots played 2 weeks ago. The Patriots already did this.

  7. factpurveyor says:
    January 13, 2018 at 11:28 am
    Regarding rain and ice and field conditions…

    Don’t forget that the Patriots stadium has FieldTurf installed.
    Which according to the FieldTurf website…drainage is installed under FieldTurf:

    “The drainage base consists of compacted stone materials found beneath the turf carpet, providing a level surface which allows precipitation to trickle through it before reaching the drainage system.”

    My guess is that 12 hours is more than enough time for the field to be extremely dry. The sun is currently shining and it’s 46 degrees.

    The Patriots last game was December 31 against the Jets. The temperature was 13 degrees at kickoff. That was the coldest game in Patriots history.

    Tonight it may be close to 25 degrees when the game starts. The low temperature for the night is forecast to be 11 degrees. But that may be later. Which means that the temperature may drop as the game goes on. Even if the temperature drops later in the game it would only be close to what the temperature was when the Patriots played 2 weeks ago. The Patriots already did this.

    ———————
    Reported on the NFL morning show to be estimated 20 degress by the fourth quarter.

    They also spoke of the drainage system plus showed that the field has had a tarp on it since prior to the rain.

  8. Hopefully the NFL will keep the footballs above the 12.50 PSI requirement during this cold weather game.

    Everyone saw enough evidence to demonstrate that Tom Brady does much better with properly inflated footballs. This was proven during that January 18, 2015 game against the Colts where the NFL switched the footballs out at halftime after the weather lowered the PSI below 12.50 PSI.

    During that game Brady only managed to score 17 points by halftime with. After the officials fixed the football problem Brady went on to score 28 points in the 2nd half of the game.

    Then when the NFL started making sure that footballs didn’t drop PSI during games…Brady and the Patriots went on a tear and won 2 of the next 3 Superbowls. The Patriots are now in the Playoffs and are fighting for a chance to win 3 out of 4 Superbowls since the NFL discovered that weather problem.

    The NFL then decided to take 2 draft picks away from the Patriots because they saw that the other teams needed some help because 31 teams no longer had a chance. Brady was too good when using regulation footballs. The NFL even hid the PSI data that was collected during the 2015 season so that football fans would not have that information. The other teams would look silly if fans understood that the other 31 teams needed an advantage.

  9. +++++++++
    factpurveyor says:

    …The Patriots last game was December 31 against the Jets. The temperature was 13 degrees at kickoff. That was the coldest game in Patriots history…
    +++++++++

    Since you are the Fact Purveyor, I’m assuming you meant the coldest game in Patriots history was the Pats-Titans playoff game in January 2004 with a kickoff temperature of 4 Degrees ?

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