The Patriots are activating Rex Burkhead to the 53-man roster, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports. The running back has been on the injured reserve since Week 4, with a neck injury, but returned to practice weeks ago.
The team’s deadline to active him was later this week. ESPN was first with the news
Burkhead appeared in just three games this season, rushing for 86 yards and adding three catches for 31 yards. Burkhead started the season as the Patriots starting running back. He rushed for 64 yards on 18 carries in Week 1. He’ll add another dynamic layer to the Patriots running back depth with Sony Michel and James White. Both running backs are coming off career-best days in New Jersey.
According to a source, the Patriots are subsequently releasing offensive lineman Matt Tobin to make room on the 53-man roster for Burkhead.