New England Patriots

Feb 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots running back Sony Michel before Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Patriots second-year running back Sony Michel missed mandatory minicamp and at least one offseason workout due to undergoing a knee scope. Jeff Howe of The Athletic reported the news on Wednesday.

Michel missed all three minicamp practices from June 4-6, and at least one OTA practice when the Patriots opened to the media on May 23. He is, however, expected to be ready for training camp when it begins on July 25.

The running back enjoyed a productive rookie season, including 71 carries for 336 yards and six touchdowns in three playoff games en route to a win in Super Bowl LIII. But he did also have to overcome a knee procedure that held him out for most of 2018 training camp, the preseason, and the regular season opener. He also missed two games in the middle of the season after re-injuring his knee.

Michel’s knee scope is a relatively minor procedure, but his knee obviously remains a concern for the Patriots entering his second season. Fortunately, the Patriots are still deep at running back with James White and Rex Burkhead on the roster and core special teamer Brandon Bolden returning after one season with the Dolphins. They also drafted Alabama running back Damien Harris with the 87th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and signed undrafted rookie Nick Brossette out of LSU.

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.

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