The New England Patriots’ second week of training camp practices is currently underway but one noticeable player is missing from it: rookie running back Sony Michel has been a no-show since exiting Wednesday’s session with what appeared to be an injury. Michel was not spotted since but according to a recent report by The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, his absence will not be a long-term one:
On cue, got an update: It’s a minor knee issue for Sony Michel. Sigh of relief for the team.
This certainly is good news for the Patriots and their first-round draft selection from earlier this year. Michel looked good when on the field and saw regular practice time with New England’s top offensive unit. Consequently, he is projected to become an integral part of the rotation at the running back position alongside Rex Burkhead and James White.
[UPDATE] According to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, Michel had fluid drained from his knee and is expected to miss at least 10 days. His recovery process could extend longer, but it is not expected to affect Michel’s availability for the regular season — at least a significant portion of it.
Michel’s injury being a minor one is not the only good news coming out of New England today: wide receiver Kenny Britt, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury as of late, returned to practice today. This, of course, means that the team has activated him off the physically unable to perform list and feels confident in his progress.
While he does not participate in team drill yet, this is a good sign for him and a Patriots wide receiver corps that recently lost Jordan Matthews to injury.