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Alan Branch, Rex Burkhead appear unlikely to play vs. Bills

Ryan Hannable
December 22, 2017 - 12:35 pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots likely will be without two key players Sunday against the Bills.

Defensive tackle Alan Branch and running back Rex Burkhead both missed Friday's practice, thus didn't practice at all this week. This would indicate they are highly unlikely to play on Sunday against the Bills.

This would seem to say Mike Gillislee will be active after missing six straight games and Ricky Jean Francois will also be asked to play a large role.

The final injury report of the week with game designations will be released later Friday afternoon.