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Oct 21, 2018; Chicago, IL: New England Patriots running back Sony Michel runs with the ball in the first half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. (Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports)

Oct 21, 2018; Chicago, IL: New England Patriots running back Sony Michel runs with the ball in the first half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. (Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports)

Sony Michel initially appeared to suffer a serious knee injury on Sunday. A new report indicates that he’s dodged a major bullet.

As tweeted by the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Monday, multiple sources say that following an MRI, Michel is not believed to have suffered a serious injury. There’s no timetable for his return and the rookie running back could still miss time, but he may not miss much. The exact nature of his injury has yet to be reported. (UPDATE: Adam Schefter later reported that the MRI revealed no structural damage and that Michel is considered week-to-week.)

Michel had to leave the Patriots’ 38-31 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field during the second quarter. He was eventually carted to the locker room, which only continued to fuel fears that he had suffered a season-ending injury. Adam Schefter quelled fears early on Monday when he reported that the injury is “not overly serious”.

If the reports are accurate and Michel won’t miss much time, it’s a major sigh of relief for a banged-up Patriots offense that was without Rob Gronkowski on Sunday. But the Pats are still likely to make a move at running back in the coming days, since the likelihood is that Michel will still have to miss time.

Michel is averaging 4.4 yards per carry with four touchdowns in six games as a rookie. He rushed four times for 22 yards against the Bears prior to the injury.

Tough to see Michel suffer another setback with his knee. But also a major sigh of relief that the promising rookie avoided something of the season-ending variety.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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