Patriots RBs Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee out against Titans

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Report: Patriots will be without Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee Saturday

Burkhead, who practiced in a limited fashion on Thursday, initially hurt his knee in a December 17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and hasn't played since.

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.

Burkhead, Gillislee and White all are listed as questionable, as well as defensive end Eric Lee, defensive tackle Alan Branch and linebacker Marquis Flowers. "But when you get good news, it helps you to look forward to these games a little better". Prior to that, he was averaging 55 yards per game and.6 touchdowns per game.

The New England Patriots are not quite as healthy as they appeared to be this week.

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Last year, Burkhead rushed for 344 yards and two touchdowns while catching 17 passes for 145 yards.

The Patriots running-back-by-committee group is expected to miss two members in Saturday's divisional-round matchup with the Titans. An ankle injury sidelined him the past two games.

In the wake of all the recent injuries, Dion Lewis has stepped up as the workhorse of the Patriots backfield.

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