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Sport Patriots RBs Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee, not expected to play vs. Titans

21:25  13 january  2018
21:25  13 january  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The Patriots ' running backs are both listed as questionable for the divisional-round game against the Titans .

The Patriots ' running backs are both inactive for the divisional-round game against the Titans .

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The Patriots running-back-by-committee group is expected to miss two members in Saturday's divisional-round matchup with the Titans.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee are not expected to play Saturday. Although both backs practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, they are listed as questionable on the injury report.

Burkhead, who injured his knee during the Dec. 17 game against the Steelers and hasn't played since, has 518 yards from scrimmage and eight TDs this season. Gillislee, who is second on the Patriots with 383 rushing yards, has been dealing with a knee injury he suffered Dec. 24 against the Bills.

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The Patriots will reportedly be shorthanded at running back for their divisional-round playoff matchup against the Tennessee Titans Saturday night. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, neither Rex Burkhead nor Mike Gillislee is expected to play .

The Patriots ' running backs are both inactive for the divisional-round game against the Titans .

However, there is some good news for the Patriots. ESPN reports that running back James White, who is fourth on the team with 56 receptions, is expected to play. An ankle injury sidelined him the past two games. On a related note on the passing game, wide receiver Chris Hogan is expected to play for the first time since early December. He had been dealing with a shoulder issue.

In the wake of all the recent injuries, Dion Lewis has stepped up as the workhorse of the Patriots backfield. He averaged more than 140 total yards in the Pats' last two regular season games, with four touchdowns.

Mike Vrabel hired as Titans' head coach .
The Titans have announced the hiring of Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel.Vrabel, 42, takes over a Titans team that went 9-7 in 2017 and 20-21 from 2015-17 under Mike Mularkey, who agreed to part ways with Tennessee on Monday after the team's divisional round loss to the Patriots.

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