By 98.5 The Sports Hub Staff
Patriots running back Sony Michel is recovering from offseason foot surgery, according to a new report by ESPN's Mike Reiss. The surgery was described as "more maintenance-based to help relieve discomfort that Michel had been experiencing."
Reiss cited the possibility that Michel could start training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
Michel has battled knee injuries since his college career at Georgia. He had fluid drained from his knee before training camp in his rookie year in 2018 and a knee scope before 2019 training camp. As a rookie he missed the entire preseason and 2018 regular season opener, then missed two games in the middle of the season after tweaking his knee. He played all 16 games and the Wild Card round as a sophomore.
Despite a productive rookie year, which included six playoff touchdowns and the only score of Super Bowl LIII, Michel's production dropped off in 2019. He averaged just 3.7 rushing yards on 247 attempts. He still led the Patriots with 912 rushing yards. As a rookie he averaged 4.5 yards per carry.
The Patriots still have a crowded running back depth chart, including third-down back James White, second-year back Damien Harris out of Alabama, and Swiss Army Knives Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden. They also signed undrafted rookie J.J. Taylor out of Arizona.
Harris played only two games in his rookie season, rushing four times for 12 yards. He played five special teams snaps in Week 3 against the Jets, then checked in late in the fourth quarter of the Patriots' 33-0 blowout win in New York.