Patriots RB Rex Burkhead suffered a 3rd-quarter knee injury and was quickly ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Texans. That usually suggests a serious injury. We'll update Burkhead's status when we know more.
The Broncos-Patriots game has been moved to Week 6, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. New England was originally scheduled for a Week 6 bye. Denver was slated to play Miami in Week 6, but that game will now be rescheduled. Pull all Broncos and Patriots players from your Week 5 fantasy lineups.
The Broncos and Patriots are still slated to play on Monday night, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. New England had a 4th positive test on Sunday morning, but that evidently won't stop the game -- at least barring further positives. As always, this remains a fluid situation.
The Patriots had another COVID test come back positive on Sunday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That makes it 4 positives over the past 8 days in New England. The team closed its facilities again, and Monday's game vs. the Broncos is "now in question," according to Schefter. We'll pass along any further updates, but Patriots and Broncos players should probably be on fantasy benches for now.
Patriots RB James White practiced on Wednesday. He's missed the past 2 games after his parents were in an accident, killing his father and leaving his mother in critical condition. White will presumably play against the Chiefs this weekend. His return takes a bite out of RB Rex Burkhead's appeal.
Patriots RB James White is out for Sunday’s game against the Raiders as he continues to grieve the death of his father last weekend. With White out last week, RB Rex Burkhead played 71% of New England’s offensive snaps and tallied 6 carries and 6 targets. The Patriots’ game plan might be completely different this Sunday, but Burkhead is at least a RB3 or flex consideration in PPR leagues.
Patriots RB James White is a surprise healthy scratch for tonight's game against the Seahawks. Andy Slater of Fox Sports 640 in South Florida reports that White's father was killed today in a car crash that also has left his mother in critical condition. White's absence from the lineup will leave opportunities for Rex Burkhead and rookie J.J. Taylor.
ESPN's Mike Reiss writes that the Patriots' lead back role is Damien Harris' "job to lose." The 2nd-year back has taken full advantage of Sony Michel and Lamar Miller's absences in camp so far. "Harris' fresh legs and soft hands in the passing game (e.g., a one-handed catch Tuesday) have him in good position to be a primary option alongside Rex Burkhead," Reiss adds. Harris continues to rocket up our RB rankings. We also just boosted Burkhead, who is a nice late-round flier.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead has agreed to a restructured deal. He gets a $550,000 signing bonus but drops his base salary from $2.5 million to $1.05 million, according to ESPN's Field Yates. The forgotten man in New England's backfield, Burkhead ranked 47th among RBs in total PPR points last year and finished as a top-24 RB in 4 of his 13 games. He's worth considering at the tail end of best-ball drafts.
Patriots RB James White (toe) was added to the injury report on Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Ravens. We don't have any other details right now. The late kickoff could make this a tricky situation for fantasy owners, but hopefully we get an update on White on Sunday morning. His absence would likely mean an expanded pass-catching role for RB Rex Burkhead.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) is active for today’s game against the Browns. He shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups in his 1st action since Week 4 but does add a bit of downside to RBs Sony Michel and James White.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) remained limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable again for Sunday’s game against the Browns. He hasn’t played since Week 4 and shouldn’t be in your fantasy plans. We’ll see if he’s active on Sunday.
The Patriots have downgraded RB Rex Burkhead (foot) to out for Monday night's game against the Jets. That can only help the touch outlook for James White and Sony Michel. Each is worth RB2 consideration for Week 7 fantasy lineups.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Jets. It's the same boat Burkhead was in last week before missing the Giants game. He shouldn't be in Week 7 fantasy lineups.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) is inactive for tonight’s game against the Giants. Rookie RB Damien Harris is a healthy scratch again, so RBs Sony Michel and James White should be busy with the Pats 16.5-point home favorites.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) is not expected to play against the Giants tonight, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That's a tad surprising after Burkhead put in a full practice on Wednesday. We're expecting him back for Week 7. Sony Michel and James White will again dominate backfield work for New England in a mouth-watering spot as big home favorites.
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