Patriots Michel sidelined after knee scope

Second-year New England Patriots running back Sony Michel underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his knee earlier this offseason, a source confirms, which explains his absence from mandatory minicamp last week.

The scope was considered precautionary, per sources, and is not expected to affect Michel’s availability for the start of training camp in late July.

Michel had missed most of 2018 training camp and the regular-season opener with a knee injury, and later sustained a different knee injury that sidelined him two additional games in the regular season, so this marks the third occurrence of rehabilitation for a knee ailment.

Michel dealt with multiple knee injuries during his college career at Georgia, and those problems persisted after the Patriots drafted him 32nd overall last year.

Despite those setbacks, Michel enjoyed one of the most productive seasons ever by a Patriots rookie running back, rushing for 931 yards and six touchdowns during the regular season and another 336 yards and six scores in three playoff games.

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With Michel sidelined this spring, 2019 third-round draft pick Damien Harris received additional reps, often aligning alongside Tom Brady during team drills. That trend could continue into the summer and fall if Michel remains limited. Michel headlines a deep Patriots backfield that also includes James White, Rex Burkhead, Harris and Brandon Bolden, who returned to New England this offseason after one year with the Miami Dolphins.

The Patriots drafted Damien Harris out of Alabama within the third spherical of this yr’s draft. Harris was extraordinarily productive throughout his 4 years in Tuscaloosa, twice dashing for over 1,000 yards and compiling greater than 800 yards in his senior season. Moreover, Harris is seen as a greater go blocker and receiver out of the backfield, abilities that would give him an edge in competitors with Michel.

Nonetheless, it appears probably that the Patriots will divide the workload between Michel and Harris to cut back sporting every operating again down and the opportunity of harm. Michel missed alternatives to get repetitions with quarterback Tom Brady within the passing offense and turn out to be extra comfy operating routes. He solely caught seven passes for 50 yards final season.

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