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Patriots RB James White Will Miss Jets Game Due to Birth of Child

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 08: Joe Haden #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts to tackle James White #28 of the New England Patriots during the first half at Gillette Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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For the second time this season, a New England Patriots playmaker will be missing a game for the best reason possible: they're expecting a new child.

First, Pats linebacker Kyle Van Noy missed Week 1 due to his wife giving birth, and now running back James White can add his name to the list. The speedy running back will be by his wife's side instead of playing against the Jets, as his wife is on the verge of giving birth.... nine months after the Super Bowl.

Normally when a player is forced to miss a game, it's for some type of an injury. In this case, though, New England fans are likely ecstatic for White, who is getting ready to have his family grow.

Thus far this season, White has 111 total yards and a touchdown. With him off the field, Sony Michel will continue to see the majority of the snaps at RB. Michel has 36 carries for 97 yards early on this campaign. Also look for Rex Burkhead to get more work. He has 13 carries this season.

With the lowly Jets facing the Pats on Sunday, the loss of White shouldn't have a monster outcome on the day. With a win, New England will improve to a perfect 3-0, while the Jets would fall to 0-3.