It’s looking likely the New England Patriots will have yet another offensive weapon when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game.
Former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead, who’s been sidelined since Dec. 17 because of a knee sprain, is expected to return for the title game Sunday (3:05 p.m. ET, CBS). NFL Network analyst Ian Rapoport tweeted the news Monday morning.
#Patriots RB Rex Burkhead, who hasn’t played since Dec. 17 because of a knee sprain, is expected to return for the AFC title game, source said. He was close vs. the #Titans, should be good vs. the #Jaguars.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 15, 2018
The former first-team All-Big Ten running back morphed into a touchdown machine in the month before his injury, finding the end zone in each of his final four games and scoring twice in two of those contests. On the season, Burkhead has rushed for 264 yards and 5 touchdowns and added 30 receptions for 254 more yards and 3 receiving scores.
Running back Dion Lewis has been the Patriots’ workhorse as of late. However, if fully healthy, Burkhead can do some damage out of the backfield as well.