Patriots RBs Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee out against Titans

Patriots RBs Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee out against Titans

The Patriots will play host to the Titans at 8:15 p.m. ET.

New England Patriots running backs Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee are expected to miss their team's AFC Divisional Round playoff matchup against the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night due to knee injuries, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

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

Rex Burkhead appeared to be trending toward a return from a knee injury he suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

However, there is some good news for the Patriots. Both players were initially listed as questionable with knee injuries. On a related note on the passing game, wide receiver Chris Hogan is expected to play for the first time since early December.

In the wake of all the recent injuries, Dion Lewis has stepped up as the workhorse of the Patriots backfield. Branch played in 12 games this season, including six starts, after being a regular starter the previous two seasons. He had been dealing with a shoulder issue.

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.