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Rex Burkhead | Running Back | #34

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/2/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 210
College: Nebraska
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 6 (190) / CIN
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Rex Burkhead rushed once for five yards in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Jaguars.
Burkhead failed to corral his lone target in the passing game. Returning from a troublesome knee injury, Burkhead was charted as playing just three snaps by Pro Football Focus. Burkhead has two weeks to get into better shape for Super Bowl LII, where he should be a bigger factor. Jan 21 - 7:22 PM

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Rex Burkhead (knee) is active for the AFC Championship Game.

Considering this is his first game action since Week 15 and Dion Lewis has established himself as the clear lead back during that time, it is difficult to predict how much action Burkhead will see in this game. He was dominating red-zone snaps before his injury, however, and it would not be surprising to see him nab a touchdown or two in this matchup. That makes him worth a look in DFS.
Jan 21 - 1:36 PM

Rex Burkhead (questionable, knee) will be active for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Jaguars.

It will be his first game action since Week 15. The versatile Burkhead finished the regular season on a four-game touchdown streak, though it's hard to gauge how he'll be used following a month-long absence. Dion Lewis will remain the lead ball-carrier against Jacksonville.
Jan 21 - 8:35 AM

Rex Burkhead (knee) is questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville.

Burkhead was limited in practice all week. He was held out of the Divisional Round but looks on track to return. The Patriots also listed Mike Gillislee (knee) as questionable.
Jan 19 - 4:04 PM

Rex Burkhead (knee) is practicing Thursday.

Burkhead sat out the Divisional Round despite practicing all week, so getting in work Wednesday and Thursday does not guarantee he will suit up. Still, he seems to be trending the correct direction. Even if Burkhead plays, Dion Lewis should remain the lead back.
Jan 18 - 12:30 PM

Rex Burkhead (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Burkhead sat out the Divisional Round and reportedly wasn't moving well at practice last week. He's improved since then, however, and is trending toward playing Sunday against Jacksonville. Burkhead was on a tear before he got hurt (six touchdowns in his last four games) but could be limited upon his return. Dion Lewis has solidified himself as New England's lead ball-carrier.
Jan 17 - 4:33 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Rex Burkhead (knee) is expected to play in the AFC Championship Game.

Burkhead was close to suiting up against the Titans, so he should be ready to go following another week of practice. That said, Burkhead reportedly was not moving well in practice last week, although he did show improvement later in the week. Dion Lewis will remain the lead back even if Burkhead suits up.
Jan 15 - 9:04 AM

Rex Burkhead (knee) is inactive for the Divisional Round against the Titans.

As is Mike Gillislee (knee). That leaves Dion Lewis and James White to carry the load in the Patriots' backfield. Lewis' over/under for touches is 20, while White should catch some passes. Also inactive for the Patriots are DL Alan Branch, WR Kenny Britt, OL Cole Croston, LB David Harris and CB Johnson Bademosi.
Jan 13 - 6:51 PM

Rex Burkhead (knee) is not expected to play in the Divisional Round against the Titans.

Burkhead was trending towards playing after getting in limited practices this week but will likely miss the Divisional round against the Titans. With both Burkhead and Mike Gillislee likely out, expect a heavy dose of Dion Lewis with James White rotating in for some receiving work.
Jan 13 - 9:22 AM

Rex Burkhead (knee) is listed as questionable for the Divisional Round, but made "nice progress" in Thursday's practice.

The Boston Herald believes there's a "very real possibility" Burkhead is back after missing Weeks 16 and 17, but notes he could be limited if active. With Mike Gillislee (knee) possibly on the wrong side of questionable and James White (ankle) also banged up, Burkhead's return would be a big boost for the Patriots' backfield.
Jan 11 - 3:49 PM

Rex Burkhead (knee) is participating in Thursday's practice.

Burkhead reportedly has not been moving well in practice, but he looks on track to return after sitting out the final two games of the season. Of course, the Patriots could limit him, especially if the game gets out of hand. Dion Lewis is the DFS play in this backfield.
Jan 11 - 12:24 PM

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Rex Burkhead has been "heavily favoring" his injured left knee at practice.

Howe noticed Burkhead has had difficulty stretching and believes he'll be limited if he suits up Saturday against Tennessee. That would open up work for Dion Lewis, who scored five touchdowns over his final three regular season games. Burkhead hasn't seen the field since spraining his knee in Week 15.
Jan 10 - 4:10 PM

Rex Burkhead (knee) is practicing Tuesday.

He was officially "limited." Burkhead missed the final two games of the season, but he was able to return to practice last week. Barring a setback, he should be ready to face the Titans on Saturday.
Jan 9 - 12:32 PM

Rex Burkhead (knee) returned to practice Wednesday.

Burkhead missed the final two games of the season but is now on track to play when the Patriots are back in action next week following their first-round bye.
Source: NESN
Jan 3 - 12:56 PM

Rex Burkhead (knee) has been ruled out for Week 17.

This was fully expected. The Patriots will also be without Mike Gillislee (knee) for their regular-season finale.
Source: ESPN Boston
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 04:56:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Brian Hoyer
RB1Dion Lewis
2Rex Burkhead
3James White
4Mike Gillislee
5Brandon Bolden
GLB1Dion Lewis
2Rex Burkhead
3RB1Rex Burkhead
2James White
FB1James Develin
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Danny Amendola
3Matthew Slater
WR21Chris Hogan
2Phillip Dorsett
3Malcolm Mitchell
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Dwayne Allen
3Jacob Hollister
LT1Nate Solder
2LaAdrian Waddle
LG1Joe Thuney
2Cole Croston
C1David Andrews
RG1Shaq Mason
2Ted Karras
RT1Cameron Fleming
K1Stephen Gostkowski