Patriots RB Sony Michel has no structural damage on knee, considered week to week
The New England Patriots can breathe a sigh of relief regarding running back Sony Michel. An MRI on Monday revealed no structural damage on the rookie’s injured knee and is considered week to week, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Michel had to be carted off the field after getting awkwardly twisted up in a tackle during the Patriots’ win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. However, Schefter had earlier reported that Michel’s injury wasn’t expected to be “overly serious.”
Michel was one of the Patriots’ two first-round picks from Georgia during the 2018 draft. After starting out slowly, he picked up his production significantly over the past three games.
He rushed for 316 rushing yards with four touchdowns during that time as he became a critical part of the Patriots offense. Over his first six games, Michel has 422 yards on 95 carries with four TDs.
The Patriots should consider themselves lucky that Michel, who has a history of knee problems dating back to college escaped much further damage to his knee.
But despite Michel’s injury a little less serious than initially feared, it still seems unlikely that he will be available for the Patriots’ next game against the Buffalo Bills.
If Michel does miss out, that would leave the Patriots with just James White and Kenjon Barner as their active running backs. However, they could still move to add another one on the roster in the coming days to provide some added depth to their backfield.