Burkhead (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network previously relayed that Burkhead is expected to return to action for Sunday's playoff game against the Jaguars. In such a scenario, Burkhead would add valuable depth to the Patriots backfield, while working behind lead back Dion Lewis. Moreover, Burkhead's versatility is a plus, given that besides being an option when Lewis needs a breather, he's also another back -- along with James White -- for the team to deploy in its passing game.
Burkhead (knee) is expected to be available for Sunday's AFC title game against the Jaguars, a source informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Burkhead was listed as questionable in advance of the Patriots' win over the Titans over the weekend but ultimately sat out after his sprained left knee prevented him from progressing to a full practice leading up to the contest. The running back, who has been sidelined since Dec. 17, should have a better shot at suiting up Sunday, though he'll likely need to increase his workload during practice this week in order to make it a reality. Given that he hasn't played in a month, Burkhead's role in the backfield could be a little more limited than normal upon his return to action.
Burkhead (knee) is not expected to play in Saturday's tilt against the Titans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Burkhead was deemed questionable heading into the weekend, but it does not look like he has been able to recover in time. With Mike Gillislee (knee) expected to be sidelined, expect Dion Lewis and James White to handle the bulk of the work out of the backfield. A final decision on Burkhead's status will likely be revealed when the Patriots release their inactives prior to the game.
Burkhead (knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday's playoff game against the Titans after practicing in a limited fashion Thursday.
The same applies to both James White (ankle) and Mike Gillislee (knee). The Boston Herald relays that Burkhead appeared to be favoring his knee some at practice this week, so even if he is active Saturday, Burkhead could be limited in his return to action, while working behind the team's backfield leader, Dion Lewis.
Though Burkhead resumed practicing Tuesday in a limited fashion, the running back is still "heavily favoring" his left knee, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
At this point in the week, Burkhead, who missed the final two games of the regular season, continues to sport a brace on his balky knee. It's still expected Burkhead will be available for Saturday's divisional-round game against the Titans, though he could be limited some in such a scenario. Meanwhile, fellow running back James White (ankle) is also limited at practice this week, while Mike Gillislee (knee) missed his second straight practice Wednesday.
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