The Patriots are taking on the Jaguars this afternoon in an AFC Championship Game rematch. Here is the latest on some of New England’s injured players.
Two Patriots running backs, Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead, are both dealing with injuries heading into the Week 2 game. Both players have promising news ahead of this afternoon’s game, though.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter has an update on both Michel and Burkhead. It’s looking like the Patriots will have both players available today.
Michel, a first-round pick, is expected to make his NFL debut today, according to Schefter. He’s recovering from a knee injury.
Burkhead, meanwhile, is recovering from a concussion. He still needs to be fully cleared before kickoff, but he’s also expected to play.
Here’s the full Patriots update from Schefter:
“Patriots’ first-round pick Sony Michel expected to make his NFL debut today, back from a knee injury, per league source. Patriots’ RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) also likely to play vs. Jaguars, but still needs to clear pre-game warmups without any setbacks,” he reports.
Patriots' first-round pick Sony Michel expected to make his NFL debut today, back from a knee injury, per league source.
Patriots' RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) also likely to play vs. Jaguars, but still needs to clear pre-game warmups without any setbacks.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2018
The Patriots are coming off a Week 1 victory over the Houston Texans. New England won that game, 27-20. The Patriots had 122 rushing yards on 31 carries. Burkhead led the way with 64 yards on 18 carries.
The Jaguars, meanwhile, are also reportedly dealing with some injuries. It’s doubtful that star running back Leonard Fournette will be available to play today.
The Patriots and the Jaguars are set to kick off at 4:25 p.m. E.T. on CBS.