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Bill Belichick praises Rex Burkhead for work while on injured reserve prior to being activated

Ryan Hannable
November 28, 2018 - 12:31 pm

FOXBORO -- Patriots running back Rex Burkhead was placed on injured reserve after Week 3, but it seems like there was always a plan in place to bring him back.

Burkhead suffered a neck injury against the Lions and then was placed on IR a few days later. He returned to practice Nov. 5 and was activated to the active roster on Monday.

Speaking Wednesday, Bill Belichick praised Burkhead and also noted the two had a conversation of the plan for him after being placing him on IR.

“Rex has worked really hard, as he always does," he said. "We talked about it when I made the move and I talked to him about it. We had a lengthy discussion. I think we both had a good understanding of what the situation was and what need to be done, how to do it. He has been very diligent and consistent with his approach to it, and I would say as we got closer to the opportunity to bring him back, to being eligible to practice and ultimately being eligible to play he consistently met or exceeded targets, or things he needed to show or do or be able to do to move forward.

"He’s done a great job and look forward to having him back.”

While Burkhead has struggled to stay on the field, when healthy he's been a big contributor to the offense since he can be a threat in both the running game and passing game. In a four-game stretch last year, he had six touchdowns.

His return will certainly help the offense as it will lighten the load for Sony Michel and James White, and also just be another weapon at Josh McDaniels' disposal.

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