Veteran operating again Rex Burkhead, a helpful chess piece for the New England Patriots’ offense, was carted to the locker room early within the third quarter with a knee harm and was shortly dominated out by the group.
Burkhead took a direct hit on his proper knee on a third-down run through which he was stopped brief, and remained down for an prolonged time frame.
His absence left the Patriots with simply two operating backs for the rest of their sport in opposition to the Houston Texans — Damien Harris and James White.
Sony Michel was activated off injured reserve on Saturday, however was inactive for Sunday’s sport. Undrafted rookie J.J. Taylor was additionally inactive for the sport.
Getting into Sunday, Burkhead had totaled 63 rushes for 267 yards and one landing, to go along with 23 receptions for 187 yards and three touchdowns.
“I believe Rex has all the time performed nicely for us,” coach Invoice Belichick had stated on Friday. “He performs within the kicking sport, has been productive offensively, blocking, selecting up the blitz, operating, catching, no matter we ask him to do. He is been very, excellent and really productive for us. I am glad we have now him. He is a really versatile participant.”