The New England Patriots are getting back their running back.
Running back Rex Burkhead will be an early Christmas gift for the Patriots, and ESPN’s Mike Reiss was the first to report the info. According to Reiss, Burkhead is on a right track to return to action with the Patriots in early December. The Patriots wanted to move on from running back Kenjon Barner despite the fact that they are too think in the backfield. Sony Michel, James White and Cordarrelle Patterson will not be enough for the team to handle the pressure on the court, but the return of Burkhead will change it all.
The Patriots are confident they will see the running back return. Burkhead was placed on injured reserve after the Patriots’ loss to the Detroit Lions. He had to leave the game due to a neck injury, and Reiss noted that he was sidelined because he suffered a concussion.
Burkhead first joined the team back on November 8. Things went really well for him after the return, and if everything keeps going well, Burkhead will get to play with the New England in Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings. The matchup between both teams is scheduled on December 2 in Foxboro.
Burkhead was a great support for quarterback Tom Brady in the backfield. This unit could have used more help now that Sony Michel recovers from his knee injury.
The running back signed with New England before the 2017 season, and he was often plagued with injuries. Last season, Burkhead was held to 10 games in the season due to injuries and his knee issue kept him out of the Patriots 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.