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Injury update: Patriots RB Rex Burkhead suffered sprained knee, should be ready for the playoffs

The running back could be out until the postseason.

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New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead suffered a knee injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but did not tear his ACL according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Schefter notes that the injury is “not believed to be of the major variety,” but that the running back “could miss a little time.”

I would not be surprised if the Patriots decided to hold Burkhead out until the postseason, which could open the door for Mike Gillislee to finally get back on the field next week against his former team, the Buffalo Bills. Look for Dion Lewis to see a large increase in time on the field and for Gillislee to possibly get his first couple targets of the year.

UPDATE [12/18, 9:08 am ET]: According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Burkhead suffered a sprained knee and the team is hoping to get him back for the postseason:

New England's win yesterday puts the team on the path to earning a first-round playoff bye which in turn would give Burkhead an additional week of recovery.

UPDATE [12/19, 8:44 am ET]: Per Ian Rapoport, Burkhead was indeed diagnosed with a sprained knee after further examinations: