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Patriots officially place running back James White on NFL reserve/retirement roster

The New England Patriots officially placed running back James White on the reserve/retired list on Thursday, according to the NFL Trade Wire.

White, 30, began training camp physically unable to perform after suffering a right hip subluxation last September that required season-ending surgery. The 2014 fourth-round draft pick from Wisconsin won three Super Bowls during his tenure and had been team captain since 2018.

The organization held its retirement ceremony Tuesday night at Gillette Stadium.

“You’ve had a terrific career,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told White. “I am very proud to have coached you, very proud of the accomplishments and achievements you have made for the organization, and what you have personally done for me. I sincerely mean it, and we will miss you, but we will never forget the contributions and the standard you set for us. It will live. And them banners hanging there wouldn’t be hanging there without you.

In 105 games, including the playoffs, White has turned 355 carries into 1,424 yards and 440 catches into 3,784 yards. The All-Decade franchise pick amassed 44 touchdowns in that span and became the only player to score in overtime at a Super Bowl, contributing 20 points in New England’s 28-3 comeback against the Atlanta Falcons.

From 2015 to 2020, no running back in the NFL has tallied more receptions, yards or touchdowns in the regular season than White. He had re-signed a two-year contract in March.

The Patriots are nearing next Tuesday’s 80-man roster deadline with Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson, JJ Taylor, Ty Montgomery and rookies Pierre Strong Jr. and Kevin Harris on the backfield depth chart.