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Patriots place Sony Michel, Mohamed Sanu on PUP list to begin camp

Three Patriots will open August on physically unable to perform.

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Running back Sony Michel and wide receiver Mohamed Sanu will open New England Patriots training camp on physical unable to perform.

In addition, core special-teamer Brandon King has been placed on the PUP list after suffering a torn quadriceps during the 2019 preseason and spending the remainder on injured reserve.

The designations, first reported by Field Yates of ESPN, made Sunday’s NFL transaction wire.

Michel had foot surgery in May after a sophomore campaign in which the Georgia product rushed for 912 yards and seven touchdowns on 247 carries. Sanu, who battled through an ankle injury to appear in eight games for New England in 2019, underwent a procedure in early March. And King, a member of the team’s 2015 undrafted class, returns having eclipsed 1,000 career snaps in the kicking game.

All three will continue to count on New England’s active list and are eligible to return at any time.

Patriots players have begun to report to Gillette Stadium for physicals and equipment distribution. Two weeks of strength and conditioning are ahead before the initial practice of camp on Aug. 12. Based on the protocols reached between the NFL and NFL Players Association, the first of 14 padded sessions in Foxborough will follow on Aug. 17.