Patriots activate running back Rex Burkhead

"He’s such a great player."

Rex Burkhead
Rex Burkhead is pictured during practice. –Jim Davis/Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots activated running back Rex Burkhead to the 53-man roster, the team announced Monday.

Burkhead was placed on injured reserve after suffering a neck injury against the Detroit Lions in Week 3. He returned to practice Nov. 8 and is eligible to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. To make room for Burkhead, the Patriots cut offensive lineman Matt Tobin.

“We’re very fortunate about the backs we have,’’ center David Andrews said at Gillette Stadium Monday. “Getting Rex back is just another thing we can add. He’s such a great player. He’s got great vision, he runs hard.’’


Joining captain James White and rookie Sony Michel in the backfield, Burkhead provides additional depth to both the running and receiving game. He logged 64 carries for 264 yards and five touchdowns last season, and added 30 receptions for 254 yards and three touchdowns.

“The more guys we can get in there, fresh and keep rolling through, the better,’’ Andrews said.

The Patriots also activated cornerback Duke Dawson off injured reserve earlier in November.


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