New England Patriots

Patriots rookie running back Sony Michel is expected to be out at least 10 days after undergoing a procedure to drain fluid from his knee, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Jeff Howe of The Athletic was first to report Michel’s ailment; his sources say the injury could keep Michel out for the entire preseason.

Both Reiss and Howe report that Michel could miss the start of the regular season, but not necessarily a major portion of it. According to Reiss, Michel’s procedure was described as a “clean-up” that fixed some pre-existing issues.

The 31st overall pick in the 2018 draft left Wednesday’s practice with the knee issue, but was able to walk off under his own power.

The Patriots will rely on a stable of running backs that still includes James White, Rex Burkhead, Jeremy Hill, and Mike Gillislee. Undrafted rookie Ralph Webb has also been in the mix during training camp, with special teams mainstay Brandon Bolden also getting carries with the first team offense at times.

— By Matt Dolloff,

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