Burkhead sustained the injury in the third quarter when sliding Texans cornerback Bradley Roby delivered a hit directly on the knee. New England is fearful that Burkhead tore the ACL.
However, Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn’t ready to discuss the extent of the injury after the 27-20 setback.
“We’ll wait and get medical confirmation, but obviously it was a knee injury,” Belichick said.
Burkhead carried the ball four times for 7 yards and caught two passes for 5 yards before exiting.
The injury left the Patriots with just two active running backs — Damien Harris and James White. Harris rushed for 43 yards on 11 carries and White had 19 yards on five rushes.
White was in a somber mood following the game.
“I’m hurt for him,” White said. “I’m still hurting for him. A good friend of mine, not just a teammate.”
The Patriots activated running back Sony Michel (quadriceps) on Saturday but made the third-year-pro one of their inactives on Sunday. Michel last played in Week 3.
Burkhead, 30, has rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns this season. He also has 25 catches for 192 yards and three scores.
The eight-year veteran has spent the past four seasons with New England after playing his first four campaigns with the Cincinnati Bengals. He has rushed for 1,401 yards and 14 touchdowns and caught 130 passes for 1,144 yards and eight scores in 83 career games (nine starts).
–Field Level Media