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James White not expected to play as Patriots are thin at RB

Patriots running back James White will miss his second straight game Sunday with an ankle injury, leaving New England with just two active tailbacks. Jim Rassol/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Running back James White is expected to miss his second straight game with an ankle injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, as the New England Patriots will be thin at the position with Rex Burkhead (knee) and Mike Gillislee (knee) already ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the New York Jets.

White, the team's top "passing back", is expected to be back for the playoffs. He injured his ankle in the Dec. 17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers when he was tackled after making a catch.

Dion Lewis and Brandon Bolden enter Sunday as the only running backs on the active roster, with fullback James Develin a possibility in an emergency. In last Sunday's win over the Buffalo Bills, Lewis played a season-high 51 offensive snaps with White and Burkhead inactive.

Bolden has played just eight offensive snaps this season, as his primary role is on special teams.