Jeff Howe of The Athletic suggests that Burkhead (knee) could be back with the Patriots next season. The versatile running back, who's slated to become an unrestricted free agent, was having a solid season with the team prior to suffering a torn ACL in November. Given that context, there's no guarantee that Burkhead will be ready for the start of the 2021 campaign, so Howe believes that it could "make sense for both sides" to see the 30-year-old -- who spent the last four seasons with New England -- re-sign, then "open the season on the physically unable to perform list and see if he can contribute later."
Burkhead announced that he underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports. Given that Burkhead -- an impending free agent -- suffered the knee injury Nov. 22, he likely won't be ready to go for OTAs next spring, and his availability for the start of NFL training camps could also be affected. The 30-year-old running back concluded his fourth season in New England with 466 total yards and six touchdowns across 10 games.
Burkhead (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. This was simply a transactional designation as Burkhead already ruled himself out for the rest of the season after tearing his ACL. The veteran back will aim to be healthy in time for 2021 training camp.
Burkhead (knee) announced Tuesday via his personal Twitter account that he will miss the remainder of the season. Though the Patriots have yet to confirm as much, Burkhead is believed to have suffered a torn ACL to his right knee during Sunday's loss to the Texans. Assuming that's the case, Burkhead will likely undergo surgery in the coming days as he aims to get back to full speed before teams convene for training camp in 2021. In the meantime, the Patriots are likely to rely more heavily on James White as the clear top change-of-pace option behind lead ballcarrier Damien Harris.
The Patriots are concerned that Burkhead tore the ACL in his right knee during Sunday's 27-20 loss at Houston, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports. Burkhead suffered a knee injury in the second half and was unable to return to the game. If the Pats' fears come to fruition, he'll end the campaign with 274 rushing yards, 192 yards receiving and six total touchdowns in 10 games. In that scenario, James White would become the team's primary pass-catching option out of the backfield.
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