Published: Sat, June 15, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Sony Michel’s Knee Scope Kept Him Out of Minicamp

Sony Michel’s Knee Scope Kept Him Out of Minicamp

Running back Sony Michel missed all of Patriots' spring minicamp.

Knee issues continue to hinder New England Patriots running back Sony Michel.

As Howe mentioned, Michel having arthroscopic surgery on his knee shouldn't prevent him from participating in training camp. Michel is still the heavy favorite to assume the majority of snaps in his second season as starter - especially after he averaged 4.5 yards per carry and rushed for almost 1,000 yards as a rookie - but it will be interesting nonetheless to monitor how the knee procedure affects his performance moving forward. The expectation is that he will be ready to go by the time the Patriots' training camp rolls around at the end of next month.

Jeff Howe of the Athletic was the first to report that Michel, who has had knee problems dating back to high school had his knee scoped earlier this offseason.

Michel was a beast in the playoffs, rushing 71 times for 336 yards and 6 TDs. He missed time previous year in training camp and wasn't ready for the season opener.

Perhaps now it is becoming clearer why the Patriots drafted Damien Harris from Alabama in the third round of the draft this season.

After Michel's promising rookie season, his health will be one of the top stories to monitor with training camp coming in about six weeks. He and Tom Brady were not on the same page in terms of route running and timing, and Michel was almost a non-factor as a pass-catcher.

Michel's knee scope is a relatively minor procedure, but his knee obviously remains a concern for the Patriots entering his second season. Getting to the right spot is how backs like Vereen and James White have succeeded in the New England system.

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