The New England Patriots may lose another veteran this offseason. Dont’a Hightower, J.C. Jackson, Kyle Van Noy, and many others took their talents to another NFL team. James White has yet to make a decision on his future, but his hip injury will sure affect his future.
White was diagnosed with a hip subluxation early in the 2021 regular season. He had to undergo a surgery and missed the entire season. It’s been 10 months now and the latest update put fans in panic mode. According to Mike Reiss from ESPN, White feels the effects of his hip injury.
“Veteran running back James White (right hip) was still walking with what appeared to be an uncomfortable gait following a community appearance Wednesday,” Reiss wrote in a column published Sunday. “He is among the rehabbing players scheduled to report to training camp next week, where it should become clearer how close he is to possibly returning. ‘Just working so I can be the best player I can be whenever I step out on that field,’ White said.”
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The Patriots offered White a two-year deal this offseason. He is set to earn $5 million in the next couple of seasons. Will White even join the Patriots in 2022? He is a key piece on the roster. It’s not like the Patriots don’t have another alternative, but losing him would be a big blow for the team.
Belichick has a nice group of receivers. Damien Harris will continue doing his job and Rhamondre Stevenson is expected to make an impact. Pierre Strong Jr. and Kevin Harris have their spots on the depth chart.
White may be an experienced veteran, but he joined his team during spring OTAs. He was a limited participant and we have a few good reasons to believe that he will enter the 2022 season on the physically unable to perform list.
It’s too soon to make a prediction. Let’s see what happens after training camp. That will be the turning spot for many players on Belichick’s roster.