James White is reportedly out against the Jets due to the expected birth of his child

Matthew Berry expects Sony Michel to have a huge day in Foxborough.

Patriots running back James White runs toward the end zone against the Miami Dolphins.
Patriots running back James White runs toward the end zone against the Miami Dolphins. –Wilfredo Lee/AP Photo

Running back James White will reportedly miss the Patriots’ 1 p.m. game against the New York Jets because his wife is expected to give birth, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Schefter later pointed out that this is not the first time this has happened this year, as linebacker Kyle Van Noy missed the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers for the same reason.

White is a threat both as a rusher and pass-catcher, and he hauled in a feed from quarterback Tom Brady for a touchdown in a Week 2 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sony Michel is already the starting back, but in White’s absence, ESPN’s Matthew Berry believes Michel is poised for a particularly big day.

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White and his wife, Diana, reportedly welcomed their son into the world Sunday.