On Tuesday, Rex Burkhead confirmed on social he's out for the remainder of the season following suffering a serious knee injury against the Texans on Sunday.
Burkhead did not specify what the injury is, but it's been speculated and rumored that it's a torn ACL.
What it means for the Patriots offense is pretty simple -- more Sony Michel and James White. Michel was activated off injured reserve Saturday, so he is able to play now. With Damien Harris seemingly taking the No. 1 back role, these two will now fill in behind him.
Burkhead has 67 carries for 274 yards and three touchdowns on the year, while adding 25 receptions for 192 yards and three touchdowns. It's likely Michel will assume more of his runs, while White more of his receptions.
As for Burkhead's future, he is a free agent after this season and will be 31 years old next season.
He is one of Bill Belichick's favorites given his toughness and ability to play all four downs, so if he wants to return it feels like a deal would be easy to get done. It also feels like the running back would take a little less money than maybe he could get on the open market.
Burkhead is a valuable player to have given his versatility and his production when healthy. He is also a tremendous locker room guy that everyone seems to like.
It's unclear how long his recovery will take, but when he's able to return it likely will be in New England on a new contract.