Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee likely out for Patriots

Dec 3 2017 Orchard Park NY USA New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead runs the ball wide during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 3 2017 Orchard Park NY USA New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead runs the ball wide during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Rex Burkhead (knee) is not expected to play in the Divisional Round against the Titans.

Gillislee was also a limited participant in practice on Thursday, marking the first time he returned to the field since hurting his knee during the Patriots' Week 16 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Gillislee, who is second on the Patriots with 383 rushing yards, has been dealing with a knee injury he suffered December 24 against the Bills.

In the wake of all the recent injuries, Dion Lewis has stepped up as the workhorse of the Patriots backfield. Prior to that game, he had missed six games - five as a healthy scratch and one because of illness. Branch and Burkhead both missed games down the stretch and seemed optimistic to play, but apparently need more time.

Patriots receiver Chris Hogan will also be active.

The Titans have seven players on their inactive list for Saturday's game, including running back DeMarco Murray, who was ruled out for Saturday's contest two days ago because of a knee injury.

The 27-year-old, who rushed for 264 yards and five touchdowns this season, told reporters Thursday that he was "excited" about the prospect of returning against the Titans.

In 10 games, Burkhead's averaged 11.5 FanDuel points on 9.4 touches per game this season.

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