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Patriots will be without Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee Saturday

14 January 2018

Both Burkhead and Gillislee are out with knee injuries.

The New England Patriots will have wide receiver Chris Hogan and running back James White back for Saturday's playoff game against the Tennessee Titans, but running backs Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee are inactive.

The Patriots and Titans kick off Saturday night at 8:15 Gillette Stadium.

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In 10 games, Burkhead's averaged 11.5 FanDuel points on 9.4 touches per game this season.

However, there is some good news for the Patriots.

Gillislee practiced in a limited fashion Thursday for the first time since he was injured in Week 16 against the Bills. An ankle injury sidelined him the past two games.

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Burkhead, who originally injured his knee during the Patriots' win over the Pittsburgh Steelers back on December 17, practiced in a limited capacity on Thursday and was hoping to play this weekend. Dealing with a shoulder issue, Hogan missed seven of the final eight games of the season.

The 27-year-old, who rushed for 264 yards and five touchdowns this season, told reporters Thursday that he was "excited" about the prospect of returning against the Titans.

The absence of Burkhead and Gillislee leaves the Patriots with just White, Dion Lewis and Brandon Bolden in the backfield.

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Patriots will be without Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee Saturday