New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 26: James White #28 of the New England Patriots is carted off the field in the second quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The first update on the injury suffered by Patriots running back James White in Sunday’s 28-13 loss to the Saints is in, and it doesn’t seem all that promising.

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Giardi, the 29-year-old White suffered a subluxation of his hip. The injury is enough to put White on the shelf ‘indefinitely’ and will likely come a trip to the injured reserve, per the report. I suppose the good news is that the Patriots are not outright ruling out White for the remainder of the season, but the ‘indefinitely’ tag is hardly an encouraging one, all things considered.

White exited Sunday’s loss after just one six-yard carry, and is out of action with 38 rushing yards and catches on 12 of his 14 targets for 94 yards through the first three games of the 2021 season.

With White out of action, the Patriots’ in-house options at running back include Damien Harris, Brandon Bolden, J.J. Taylor, and Rhamondre Stevenson.

The team could also activate Malcolm Perry off injured reserve this week. Perry is considered to be a bit of a hybrid player who can play both running back and wide receiver (and this after he actually played quarterback at Navy), but it’s worth mentioning that Perry spent all of Miami’s preseason as a wideout.

New England enters Week 4 at 1-2 on the year.

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