After missing the past two games with a knee injury, Patriots’ RB Sony Michel is likely to return Sunday vs. Titans, per source. Just needs a good week of practice with no setbacks, but on track.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 6, 2018
Rex Burkhead, likewise, has been out, though he was on the IR. He also returned to Patriots practice and could return in a few weeks, crowding the Patriots backfield even more.
Welcome back to practice, RB Rex Burkhead.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) November 8, 2018
Burkhead is eligible to play on Dec. 2 vs. Vikings. This means Burkhead takes the Patriots’ second and final designated to return IR spot.
Confirms that LB Ja’Whaun Bentley won’t return until 2019 season.
While this is good news overall for the Patriots, there is one person whose value this hurts big time: Cordarrelle Patterson.
The veteran wide receiver stepped in at running back last week against the Packers while James White was removed for a couple series due to injury. Patterson rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown on only 11 carries. This performance got him the official running back designation.
Announcement: Cordarrelle Patterson of the Patriots has had RB added to his positional eligibility on @ESPNFantasy.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 6, 2018
If Michel was out, Patterson was looking forward to another week of leading the team's rushing attack. Now that Michel is back in the fold, and with Burkhead expected to return soon, Patterson has gone back to fantasy irrelevancy.
Outside of an unexpected deep touchdown pass or a punt return, Patterson brings little fantasy value, which is odd to say for a wide-receiver-turned-running-back, but it's Bill Belichick and the Patriots, so here we are.
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