Michael suffered an injury during practice Wednesday and it appears as though it was at least somewhat serious. Indianapolis signed running back Troymaine Pope to take the place of Michael on the current roster.
Michael has bounced around the league during his first three seasons, seeing stints in Dallas, Seattle and Green Bay. He began last season with the Seahawks, where he rushed for 469 yards and six touchdowns on 117 attempts in nine games. While the totals were solid, Seattle decided to part ways with the 26-year-old in favor of C.J. Prosise and Thomas Rawls. He then landed in Green Bay for the final six games of the season, providing the Packers with 114 yards and one touchdown on 31 attempts. However, he once again found himself as the odd-man out after the Packers selected two running backs in April's draft. Michael has the measurables to be a productive rusher in the league, but continues to find himself on teams with plenty of potential backfield talent. The same issue could arise in Indy, as the Colts have capable producers in Robert Turbin and Josh Ferguson behind starter Frank Gore. In addition, the team selected Marlon Mack in the fourth round of the draft. It appears as if Michael will have to beat out at least one of these backs during training camp if he wants to call Indianapolis his new home.
Michael visited with the Patriots on Wednesday, ESPN.com's Field Yates reports.
Given the current state of New England's running back depth chart, Michael probably wouldn't be an option for the team unless he's still unsigned during training camp and other players suffer injuries. The 2013 second-round selection was released by Green Bay shortly after the conclusion of the 2017 draft.
Michael is expected to be released by the Packers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Michael joined the Packers amid a backfield crisis during the second half of last season and finished with 114 yards and one touchdown in six games for them. Although he re-signed with Green Bay in March, the team's selection of three running backs during Saturday's portion of the draft has apparently made him and Don Jackson, who was released Monday, expendable. The 26-year-old will now look to land elsewhere ahead of training camp.
After the departure of Eddie Lacy (ankle), the Packers don't have a legitimate three-down option out of the backfield, but Christine Michael will nonetheless serve as a depth option to wide receiver-turned-running back Ty Montgomery (ribs). Of course, the front office may address the position during April's NFL Draft, which could relegate Michael to third on the depth chart. In any case, he's averaged 4.3 YPC and made eight end-zone visits during his four-year career, so he can produce when called upon.
|4||10/1/17||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|6||10/16/17||@ TEN||8:30 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
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|14||12/10/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
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|2016||Green Bay Packers||6||0||31||114||3.7||42||1||1||5|
|2016||Green Bay Packers||6||0||2||11||5.5||10||0||0||0||1|
|2016||Green Bay Packers||6||3||64||21.3||30||0||0|
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|2016||Green Bay Packers||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|