The New England Patriots will be without the services of running back Rex Burkhead for tonight’s game against the New York Giants.
Burkhead was limited in practice yesterday with a foot issue. He had previously been listed as questionable by the Patriots, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Burkhead won’t play.
Burkhead previously missed last weekend’s game against the Washington Redskins.
Patriots’ RB Rex Burkhead is not expected to play tonight vs. Giants, per source. No Burkead, no Phillip Dorsett.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 10, 2019
Through the first four weeks of the season, Burkhead was used as an integral part of the Patriots’ running back rotation, along with James White, Sony Michel and occasionally Brandon Bolden. He currently stands as the second-leading rusher on the roster, with 112 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries.
Burkhead’s top performance came in Week 3 against the New York Jets. He rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries while hauling in six catches for 22 yards.
With Burkhead out, Sony Michel fantasy owners may benefit. The Patriots figure to win handily, so Michel should get plenty of work in the ground game.
The Patriots and Giants will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET on FOX and NFL Network.