Sony Michel Uncertain For Week 1?

The Patriots agreed to terms with Lamar Miller on Monday. Part of the reasoning may stem from Sony Michel‘s status.

Michel underwent foot surgery earlier this offseason, and Jeff Howe of The Athletic notes the former first-round pick is not certain to be ready in time for Week 1 (subscription required). The Patriots have Michel on their active/PUP list, and Howe adds his recovery does not appear to have a near-future end date.

This marks the third straight offseason in which Michel has undergone surgery. Knee operations transpired in 2018 and ’19. Michel’s foot procedure came after a somewhat disappointing season. While Michel surpassed 900 rushing yards for the second straight season and was far and away the Patriots’ rushing leader, he received 38 more carries in 2019 and averaged just 3.7 yards per tote — down from 4.5 as a rookie.

Were Michel not to practice during training camp, the Pats could place him on their reserve/PUP list — which would shelve him for the season’s first six weeks. But it is not clear if the Georgia product needs that long to recover.

The Patriots lost Brandon Bolden to an opt-out choice but still roster Miller, James WhiteRex Burkhead and Damien Harris. Were Michel to land on the reserve/PUP list, this quartet would be in line to make New England’s 53-man roster.

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10 comments on “Sony Michel Uncertain For Week 1?

  1. JJB0811

    Cam is the ‘starving artist’. He’s hungry for success, redemption, & another fat paycheck next year.

    Jets Qb sees ‘ghosts’, Bills QB can throw a mile, just not very accurately, & the Fins whiffed on Rosen, while Tua is gimpy. Another division title for Bill & the Pats.

    • crosseyedlemon

      AFC East is going to be one ugly division where 8-8 might be good enough to finish on top. I like the Cardinals as a sleeper playoff team because they get to face this weak bunch.

      • Ak185

        Good point. Murray is hyped up beyond his ability but with the magnificent WR corps and four AFCE games this year, he’ll certainly have a chance to look better.

        That said, Miami is not as bad as one would think. Fitzpatrick is a decent starter with some clutch ability and their defense should be improved. Buffalo will go as Josh Allen goes. Same with the Pats and Cam.

  2. earmbrister

    In baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals have played FIVE games this far while the Braves have played 19. How in the world does the NFL think that they’re gonna play a season this fall? Idiotic.

    • traderumors

      Unlike the MLB, the NFL is basically in their own team bubble for most of the week, they travel to play one game, and they can fly in day of or night before and leave right after a game. Either way players don’t go out on the town before or after a game like MLB players, so I think the NFL has a better chance.
      Plus, if they need to make up a game, there’s a whole week available so teams can easily catch-up in games played.

      • earmbrister

        These must be changes I’m unaware of. So NFL players are now having all of their meals at team complexes during the week?They’re now sleeping at team complexes during the week? And they suddenly don’t go out on the town like MLB players. Since when?

        If MLB is having serious problems with the spread of the pandemic, how in the world is the NFL not going to fare substantially worse? You will have 300 pound men head to head in the trenches wrestling with one another. No problem there …

        And when the virus starts decimating team rosters, your answer is to have teams play multiple games in a week. So the players who somehow avoid the virus will be battered and bruised with no time to heal. They better increase roster sizes to 200 men per team. Replacement players! The quality of play would be stellar.

        The Boston Red Sox best pitcher was infected with Covid 19 and now has a heart condition. The NFL is going to face a much higher infection rate and some superstars are going to be the poster children for the league’s negligence. Of course, the lives of lesser known players are just as important.

        This NFL season will be an unmitigated disaster if the league moves forward.

        • JJB0811

          Awesome news for fantasy football! Whole lotta waiver wires will be going on, if you’re right.

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