New England Patriots

Sony Michel of the New England Patriots runs with the ball in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Sony Michel set off some alarms last month when it was reported that he underwent a fresh knee scope procedure. But the Patriots running back believes he’s still on track to be ready for the start of training camp.

Michel told the NFL Network’s Omar Ruiz on Tuesday that he’s still planning to be on the practice field when Patriots training camp begins on July 24.

“It’s a process and it’s just something that I’m just kind of working towards,” Michel said. “That’s the goal to be ready for training camp.”

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)

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)

Jeff Howe of The Athletic previously reported Michel’s knee scope and added that the second-year back out of Georgia was expected to be ready for the start of camp. Hearing the same from Michel himself adds a strong layer of confidence that he’ll be present and participating in full.

It will still be interesting to see how Michel’s absence from the end of OTAs and minicamp affected his status in the Patriots’ offensive backfield, if at all. The Pats have a typically crowded group at running back entering training camp, with James White and Rex Burkhead still in the fold and special teamer Brandon Bolden back on a one-year deal. Rookie Damien Harris out of Alabama also figures to carve out a role relatively quickly, based on the reps he got at minicamp.

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