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Patriots’ James White carted off after suffering hip injury, running back ruled out for rest of Week 3

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots are now down arguably their most important piece at the skill position. In the second quarter of New England’s Week 3 matchup with the New Orleans Saints, running back James White took a third-and-3 carry up the left side of the field. After converting to move the chains, he was brought down awkwardly and injured on the play. He was quickly examined by team trainers and eventually carted off the field and into the Patriots locker room. Not too long after he was carted away, New England ruled White out for the rest of Sunday’s contest with a hip injury. 

Losing White for the remainder of this game is a big blow to a Patriots offense that has struggled to move the ball throughout the first half. New England began Week 3 with three straight three-and-outs. In fact, the first down run by White where he was injured was the first time the Patriots were able to move the chains all game. 

This season, White has been a key outlet for rookie Mac Jones out of the backfield. Coming into Sunday, White had 32 yards on the ground and a touchdown, while catching 12 of his 13 targets for 94 yards. 

In his absence, the Patriots will lean on Damien Harris and J.J. Taylor out of the backfield. Veteran Brandon Bolden, who primarily plays on special teams, is the only other back currently on the game-day roster. Rookie Rhamondre Stevenson is inactive, but will certainly have a role going forward if White misses substantial time. 




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