The New England Patriots got a big win on Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers but lost an offensive weapon in the process when running back Rex Burkhead hurt his right knee.
Burkhead is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the full extent of his knee injury, but it appears as if the Patriots are expecting good news heading into testing.
According to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Patriots believe that Burkhead has a sprained knee and that he hasn’t suffered any serious ligament damage. At the moment, they think that he’ll be available to them in the postseason.
Given how important he’s become to their offensive success, that’s really encouraging. The free-agent signing came to New England this offseason from the Cincinnati Bengals and has gotten into the end zone 6 times in the last month.
His versatility has made him a factor in the Patriots offense as both a runner and receiver. He has 264 yards rushing and 5 rushing touchdowns to go along with 30 catches for 254 yards and 3 receiving touchdowns on the year.
And he’s done all that in a part-time role thanks to a crowded backfield that also features Dion Lewis, James White and Mike Gillislee. With home games against Buffalo Bills and New York Jets to finish the season, expect the Patriots to be careful with Burkhead in hopes of having back to 100 percent after their Wild Card bye week.