Burton recorded seven carries for 18 yards and four receptions for 28 yards during the regular season in his first campaign with the Saints. The 11 touches were his first in two seasons after he failed to touch the ball in 2019 with Washington. The journeyman fullback is set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2021, so whether or not he returns to New Orleans is still unclear.
Burton has been elevated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Amie Just reports. Burton has dealt with a few COVID-19 scares this season, but as of Wednesday, he has cleared the league's protocols. The 28-year-old should resume his fullback duties for Sunday's wild-card matchup.
The Saints placed Burton on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, which means he is out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports. The entire Saints' running back room is considered high-risk close contacts after Alvin Kamara tested positive for coronavirus. As a result, Ty Montgomery is expected to be the primary back in Week 17, while Tony Jones will presumably get called up from the practice squad and Taysom Hill could see some more work. Burton is potentially available for the Saints' first playoff game.
Burton played 11 percent of offensive snaps during Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Eagles, but he did not record a single carry or target. Burton hasn't touched the ball on offense since Week 9, and he has just five carries for eight yards and two catches for 15 yards on the season. The fullback plays a key blocking role in the run game for New Orleans, and he also contributes on special-teams, but he isn't worth fantasy consideration while operating in such a capacity.
Burton is active for Sunday's game versus the Lions following a false positive COVID-19 test, Amie Just of NOLA.com reports. Burton tested positive Saturday night, but the Saints have determined it was a false positive, thus making him and the rest of the team available for Sunday's game. The 28-year-old fullback will gear up against the team that drafted him in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
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