Rex Burkhead made his way back to Foxboro.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss confirmed that Rex Burkhead was back with the team on Wednesday ahead of the contest with the Tennessee Titans. Burkhead will not play in the contest, and he will play on December 2nd against the Vikings. However, seeing him on the field sure means a thing.
Rex Burkhead was put on injured reserve after the Patriots game against the Lions due to a neck injury. Duke Dawson returned to practice recently after being placed on injured reserve. Same as him, Burkhead is not considered for the Patriots’ 53-man roster as New England has 21 days to activate him. In every other case, Burkhead will go back to injured reserve and the season will be finished for him.
When in great shape, Burkhead was a strong option for quarterback Tom Brady in the backfield. This unit needed more depth as Sony Michel still recovers from his knee injury.
Burkhead signed with the New England Patriots last year, but suffered several injuries during his tenure. Last year, Burkhead played in 10 games of the regular season due to his injuries and knee issues that kept him limited throughout the team’s run to Super Bowl LII. In his three games, Burkhead totaled 86 yards on the ground and caught three of his six targets for 31 yards.
It is nice to see Burkhead at practice, but his return marks the official end to the regular season for the rest of the Patriots who were placed on injured reserve.
Linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley, cornerback Eric Rowe and the rest of the guys on injured reserve are done for the season. This was sort of expected for Bentley due to the surgery he had for his torn biceps. However, he traveled with the team on road games.
Rowe will hit free agency in the offseason, so we saw this coming.