New England Patriots running back Sony Michel underwent foot surgery in May, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported Friday.
The procedure was viewed as maintenance, sources told Reiss, after the 25-year-old Georgia product had been dealing with discomfort.
Michel has been reporting to Gillette Stadium to receive treatment since the procedure. His timetable for the scheduled start of training camp at the end of July is uncertain.
Michel, who had arthroscopic knee surgery last offseason, began the summer of 2019 on the physically unable to perform list before being cleared for the third session of camp. He remained on the field for all 16 games during the regular season. A Patriots-high 912 yards and seven touchdowns on 247 carries followed.
The Patriots selected Michel in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft at pick No. 31 overall. The former Bulldog missed three games during his rookie campaign after having fluid drained from his knee and suffering a knee injury in the fall. Michel would work back to total 209 carries for 931 yards and six stops in end zone by the close of December. He’d then set a rookie playoff record for rushing touchdowns up through Super Bowl LIII versus the Los Angeles Rams.
James White, Rex Burkhead, Brandon Bolden and Damien Harris return to New England’s backfield depth chart for 2020. J.J. Taylor joins them as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona.