Patriots down to Lewis, White at RB with Burkhead expected to be out


Patriots down to Lewis, White at RB with Burkhead expected to be out

FOXBORO -- Rex Burkhead insisted he'd heard some "good news" about his knee injury recently that had him amped up for the postseason. The news disseminated to the general public on Saturday morning wasn't quite as positive. 

According to ESPN, Burkhead is not expected to be able to play in the Divisional Round matchup between the Patriots and Titans as he continues to deal with an injury he suffered in Week 15 against the Steelers. Burkhead practiced last week but was limited in all three sessions. He's listed as questionable. 

Burkhead met with reporters earlier this week, which was taken as a sign he was progressing and could have a shot to play. 

"I'm just excited . . . After the injury, you never know what is going to happen so that's always in the back of your head," he said at the time. "But when you get good news, it helps you to look forward to these games a little better."

Without Burkhead, the Patriots will rely on Dion Lewis and James White out of the backfield Saturday night. That should be enough in terms of pass-catching prowess for Josh McDaniels and Tom Brady to take care of Tennessee's abysmal work in coverage against receiving backs. They are allowing a league-high 58.3 yards per game on 8.7 targets. 

White has not seen game action since suffering an ankle injury in the regular-season matchup with the Steelers, but the plan all week has been for him to be in uniform. He's listed as questionable but will be a go. 

Mike Gillislee, who has not played since Week 16 with a knee injury of his own, is not expected to play. He practiced just once this week and was limited. He's also listed as questionable. 

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.