Rex Burkhead expected to play this week

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Patriots running back Rex Burkhead didn’t play against the Titans in Saturday night’s victory and hasn’t played since Week 15 because of a knee injury, but his absence from the lineup looks like it will end this week.

Burkhead was listed as questionable after a week of limited practices and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the back is expected to play against the Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game. It will be Burkhead’s first playoff game with New England and the third overall of his career.

Dion Lewis moved into the lead role in the backfield while Burkhead, Mike Gillislee and James White were dealing with injuries at the end of the regular season and turned in another strong game against Tennessee. Lewis ran 15 times for 62 yards and caught nine passes for 79 yards in the 35-14 win. White scored two touchdowns and Brandon Bolden had one to round out the running back contributions.

Rapoport also reports that right tackle LaAdrian Waddle suffered a minor knee sprain in the win and will be evaluated again later this week. Cameron Fleming stepped in after he was injured.

22 responses to “Rex Burkhead expected to play this week

  1. From a 19-0 season to losing the opener to the AFC Championship game.

    Life is good if you are a Pats fan…….

    But please keep in mind us pats fans over 40 had to suffer 30 years of some horrible teams and seasons.

    we only have 10 more years before Brady retires. It will go by quick.

  2. Getting healthy at the right time!!!
    Let’s not forget, the Pats can activate another player from IR if they are healthy enough to contribute & not at risk doing damage to what’s kept them off the field in the 1st place…..
    Malcom Mitchel or Vincent Valentine come to mind……
    Go Pats!!!!

  3. Would be great to have Waddle for the game. The Oline is going to be critical against the Jags rush.

  4. I’d like to say a little something about Brandon Bolden. There aren’t many team players around the league like this guy. Every time he gets carries he produces, but he is so good on special teams, they don’t give him much opportunity in the offensive backfield. Do you hear him complain? Do you hear him saying he wants to get an opportunity? He just keeps working and producing on ST and on offense, when needed. He’s the type of player any team in the league would love to have. The man deserves a lot of credit for his professionalism.

  5. the #haters and #loser (of which there are many) surely will not be pleased by this development.

    Congrats to Pittsburgh on winning the smacktalk superbowl though! Way better than the real thing

  6. “Wow, what a difference…I am just glad I am finally able to play for a real coach” – James Harrison

  7. “I’d like to say a little something about Brandon Bolden. There aren’t many team players around the league like this guy. Every time he gets carries he produces, but he is so good on special teams, they don’t give him much opportunity in the offensive backfield”

    Totally disagree. He definitely does not “produce every time he gets a carry”. Yes the last couple times he’s gotten a chance he’s done so, but over his career as a running back he’s made a great special teams player. He’s been with the Pats for years and if he had produced well as a back over his career he would be getting a lot more time on the field.

  8. deepass_chyabrah says:
    January 15, 2018 at 11:33 am
    the #haters and #loser (of which there are many) surely will not be pleased by this development.

    Congrats to Pittsburgh on winning the smacktalk superbowl though! Way better than the real thing

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    Lets let Pittsburgh keep that particular trophy. Jacksonville is the next opponent. Focus.

  9. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    January 15, 2018 at 11:56 am
    Good news on Burkhead but the Waddle news is far more important and merits more than just being slid in at the end. There’s a reason Cam Fleming is a 3rd stringer.

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    There’s a reason why BB is the best GM in the history of the league.

  10. harrisonhits2 says:
    January 15, 2018 at 11:54 am
    “I’d like to say a little something about Brandon Bolden. There aren’t many team players around the league like this guy. Every time he gets carries he produces, but he is so good on special teams, they don’t give him much opportunity in the offensive backfield”

    Totally disagree. He definitely does not “produce every time he gets a carry”. Yes the last couple times he’s gotten a chance he’s done so, but over his career as a running back he’s made a great special teams player. He’s been with the Pats for years and if he had produced well as a back over his career he would be getting a lot more time on the field.

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    Disagree. He’s without question a positive performance player. Since the very first day he started on the road vs Baltimore in Week 3 of 2012, on that first drive, eh’s shown he knows how to hit the hole and get positive yardage.

    Wildly underrated as a very good back up.

    It’s also very difficult sometimes for some to be a spot player and perform in steady fashion when their numbers is called.

  11. TheDPR says:
    January 15, 2018 at 11:24 am
    I’d like to say a little something about Brandon Bolden. There aren’t many team players around the league like this guy. Every time he gets carries he produces, but he is so good on special teams, they don’t give him much opportunity in the offensive backfield. Do you hear him complain? Do you hear him saying he wants to get an opportunity? He just keeps working and producing on ST and on offense, when needed. He’s the type of player any team in the league would love to have. The man deserves a lot of credit for his professionalism.
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    Reposting because I can only give it 1 thumbs up.

  12. tylawspick6 says:
    January 15, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    There’s a reason why BB is the best GM in the history of the league.
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    Your response has nothing to do with my post. There are several reasons why Belichick is the best GM but none of them include his ability to block.

  13. Patriots players are low key but deliver big. Look at Amendola or Bolden. They deliver when called. Except from Gronk the Patriots players seem average but they get SB rings. They do better than the garish elite players of other teams. BB nurtures them and utilizes their talents like no other coach. Look at freaking Lewis. Can’t even remember where the Pats got him.

  14. BB seems to have gotten better an managing injuries by not rushing players back. Now the team is very healthy for the most important part of the season. BB will have to decide who to leave off the game day roster. Someone that played against the Titans will not get to play against the Jaguars in order to make a spot for Burkhead.

    Alan Branch should also be coming back and he would be used to help stop the Jaguars big running back Leonard Fournette. James Harrison may also be called upon to help with that task. Harrison was not active for the Titans game so he will have had 3 weeks rest since he played against the Jets. He seemed to play well against the Jets after all the rest the Steelers gave him.

    For every player that is added to the game day roster, one player has to be dropped. BB has some decisions to make based on the teams game plan. Kenny Britt is another one that could be activated. Isn’t he suppose to be someone that can defeat man coverage.

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