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Injury update: Patriots RB Rex Burkhead expected to return in AFC Championship Game against the Jaguars

He will provide a huge boost to the New England offense.

NFL: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots reinforcements should arrive this week as running back Rex Burkhead, who has missed the past few weeks with a knee injury, is expected to return to the lineup according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Patriots have been short-handed at running back as of late as Burkhead, James White, and Mike Gillislee have all battled their own respective injuries. Dion Lewis has been the bellcow, while Brandon Bolden has chipped in at times.

The return of Burkhead should really help the New England offense as they face an extremely difficult Jacksonville Jaguars defense. Burkhead was a late decision last week against the Tennessee Titans, but his knee was stiff all week and he was unable to play.

Burkhead gained 264 rushing yards and 254 receiving yards in the regular season and scored 8 touchdowns, tied for the second-most on the team with Rob Gronkowski (Dion Lewis led the team with 9). His value and versatility by the goal line will be immense.