Despite all signs pointing to a no-show from New England Patriots backfield members Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel for Sunday's 2017-18 AFC Championship rematch with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the doubters appear to stand corrected.
The Pats expect to have both Burkhead (dealing with concussion protocol) and Michel (knee) on the field today in a big game against a tough Jacksonville defense.
Patriots' first-round pick Sony Michel expected to make his NFL debut today, back from a knee injury, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2018
Patriots' RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) also likely to play vs. Jaguars, but still needs to clear pre-game warmups without any setbacks.
As for fantasy impact, this quickly turns what was shaping up to be a huge potential showing from James White as the only healthy veteran back ready to suit up to a three-way backfield between Burkhead and Michel.
When it comes to injury troubles, luck is clearly on the Pats side as New England appears to be returning two backs that were highly questionable for today's game while the Jags workhorse and star back Leonard Fournette is still an unlikely show on their side of the ball.
Despite the addition of Burkhead and Michel for New England and Jacksonville's lack of Fournette, today's backfield winners are likely to be found with Jags backup T.J. Yeldon and James White respectively.
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