New England Patriots

By Matt Dolloff,

Patriots running back Rex Burkhead recently underwent surgery to repair a major knee injury. Reports indicated that Burkhead suffered a torn ACL in the Patriots’ loss to the Texans in Week 11, ending his season.

Burkhead confirmed himself that he won’t be able to play until 2021, and on Thursday shared a new Instagram photo of himself in a leg brace. His caption reads, in part: “Successful surgery Tuesday and on the road to recovery now!”

Burkhead averaged 4.1 yards per carry and 7.7 yards per reception in 10 games for the Patriots in 2020. He also scored six combined rushing and receiving touchdowns, and remains by far the team leader in that category for non-quarterbacks. (Damien Harris and James White are the next-closest with two each.)

Rex Burkhead showed his Instagam followers what he looks like post-knee surgery. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Rex Burkhead showed his Instagam followers what he looks like post-knee surgery. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Burkhead’s absence last Sunday against the Cardinals led to increased playing time for Harris in passing situations. Harris was on the field for 10 pass plays against Arizona, but wasn’t targeted. White had back-to-back games of at least five carries for the first time in the past two weeks.

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Since he’s on track to become an unrestricted free agent in 2021, Burkhead may have played his last game for the Patriots. He’ll be a candidate to return on a one-year deal next season. But as a 30-year-old running back coming off major knee surgery, it may take longer than usual for Burkhead to land with a team.

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