New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead may be done for the regular season, but the team does think he’s going to come back before the postseason. That’s based on the MRI that was just done, which delivered a bit of good news.
“Patriots RB Rex Burkhead was diagnosed with just a knee sprain after his MRI, source said,” reported NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. “The team is optimistic their versatile weapon will be back for the playoffs. Good news, especially considering what it originally looked like.”
The fear at first was that he’d torn his ACL. That would put him out indefinitely and could really hamper this Patriots offense. However, the team started feeling better about it before he even got to the MRI, and the test just backed up what they were already hoping.
“Heading into the MRI, the Patriots believe RB Rex Burkhead suffered a sprained knee, along with a bruise from a player landing on it,” Rapoport wrote on Monday. “No torn ACL. The early hope is for a return for the playoffs.”
Just how valuable is Burkhead? It did take him a bit to catch his stride, but he was on fire once he did. He may never be a feature back, but he can do a little bit of everything, running, catching the ball and playing special teams.
“Rex Burkhead has scored more touchdowns (6) than any other NFL player since Week 12,” noted NFL Research.
If the Patriots lock down the No. 1 seed, he’ll have an extra week off to get ready.