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Patriots Place Offensive Standout On Injured Reserve

A New England Patriots helmet sitting on the bench.

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots are off to a slow 1-2 start, after a one-touchdown win over the struggling Houston Texans, and back-to-back losses to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions. Tom Brady and company will be without running back Rex Burkhead for some time now.

Burkhead caught two passes for the Pats for 26 yards before leaving the game with an unspecified neck injury. He only played a handful of snaps in the game before leaving.

Now, he has been placed on injured reserve.

According to Boston Globe writer Jim McBride, Rex Burkhead is one of two Patriots placed on the IR today.

He is joined by linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley.

Burkhead had been banged up throughout the first two weeks of the season as well. On the year, he has 24 carries for 86 yards, as well as three catches for 31 yards.

The Nebraska product was a serious contributor for the AFC champions last season. He ran for 725 yards and put up 573 yards through the air, with 12 total touchdowns.

It is unclear if the Patriots expect him back this season. It would be a big lift for a team that has struggled to get things going offensively.

Other help is on the way, though. Julian Edelman returns from suspension after this weekend, and former Browns star Josh Gordon is acclimating with the club, after Bill Belichick traded for him last week.