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Patriots' James White out After Being Carted Off vs. Saints with Hip Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 26, 2021

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 08: James White #28 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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New England Patriots running back James White was ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints after suffering a hip injury in the first half.  

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Patriots RB James White carted off with a hip injury, and the team immediately ruled him out for the rest of the game, which is never a good sign.

White, 29, has emerged as one of New England's most consistent weapons in recent years, providing a steady source of receptions out of the backfield. In 2019, he caught 72 passes for 645 yards and five scores, adding 67 carries for 263 yards and another touchdown.

He paired with Sony Michel to give the Pats a solid one-two punch at running back, and he remained a reliable option for former Tom Brady in the passing game, alongside players like slot wideout Julian Edelman. 

Those two reprised their roles in 2020, though without Brady. The Pats are without Edelman going forward as well after his retirement. 

The Patriots are also uniquely positioned to survive without White, boasting a backfield committee that includes players like Damien Harris and J.J. Taylor, among others. That shuffling in and out of running backs can be maddening for fantasy football enthusiasts trying to set their lineups, but it gives the Patriots plenty of options when players like White aren't available. 

For an offense that has struggled the past two seasons, however, losing another weapon is less than ideal.

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