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October 17, 2020 11:04 PM
Patriots' Sony Michel: Placed on COVID-19 list
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Michel (quad/illness) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

It's worth reiterating a player can be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list without necessarily testing positive for the virus, particularly after the NFL added a new "high risk" close contact category to the protocol earlier in the week. Michel, who was placed on injured reserve in early October due to a quad injury, was likely a few weeks away from being activated off injured reserve anyway, so this designation does little to change his fantasy stock for the immediate future.

October 5, 2020 04:52 PM
Patriots' Sony Michel: Goes on IR
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Michel (quad) has been placed on IR by the Patriots, Mike Reiss of reports.

The move corresponds with Damien Harris (finger) being activated off IR by the team, with Michel now slated to miss at least three games. On the plus side, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network suggests that Michel "could come off (IR) relatively quickly. So, not a season-ending injury." Upon his return, which could come as soon as New England's Nov. 1 game against the Bills, Michel's role will hinge largely on how well Harris is performing at that juncture, as well as the health of the remainder of the team's backfield, which also includes James White, Rex Burkhead and J.J. Taylor.

October 5, 2020 04:04 PM
Patriots' Sony Michel: Ruled out for Monday
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Michel (quadriceps) has been downgraded to out for Monday's game in Kansas City, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

The extra day wasn't enough for Michel to recover from his quad injury. Meanwhile, the Patriots have until 4:00 p.m. ET on Monday to announce if they're activating Damien Harris (finger) from injured reserve. James White, Rex Burkhead and J.J. Taylor are the other running backs on the roster.

October 2, 2020 07:08 PM
Patriots' Sony Michel: Listed as questionable
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Michel (quad) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs after practicing in a limited fashion this week, Zack Cox of reports.

Michel, who carried nine times for 117 yards against the Raiders this past Sunday, is one of five players listed as questionable by the Patriots this week. One thing that could provide a clue as to his chances of playing this weekend is how the team proceeds with Damien Harris (finger), who's now eligible to return from IR after returning to practice but has yet to be added to New England's active roster. In any case, if Michel is able to suit up Sunday, he's not guaranteed a big workload Week 4, despite his strong effort against Las Vegas. In addition to Harris' possible return, Week 3 star Rex Burkhead is in the mix, while James White (personal) is back with the team and rookie J.J. Taylor also is on hand.

October 1, 2020 05:44 PM
Patriots' Sony Michel: Logs another limited session
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Michel (quad) remained limited at practice Thursday.

Michel is trending toward being officially listed as questionable for Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff against the Chiefs. If Michel does suit up this weekend, he'll be part of a crowded New England backfield that also includes Week 3 star Rex Burkhead, change-of-pace ace James White and possibly even Damien Harris (finger), who returned to practice Wednesday.

October 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Patriots' Sony Michel: On Week 4 injury report
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Michel was limited at practice Wednesday due to a quadriceps injury, Mike Reiss of reports.

It's too soon to know if Michel's status for Sunday's game against the Chiefs is in any danger, but with James White (personal) back with the team and Damien Harris (finger) having returned to practice and perhaps in line to return from injured reserve, how the team's Week 4 carries might be distributed is anyone's guess. Michel rushed nine times for 117 yards and caught both of his targets for another 23 yards in this past Sunday's 36-20 win over the Raiders. While the performance was undoubtedly encouraging for Michel, volume figures an issue for any member of New England's backfield.

September 27, 2020 05:00 PM
Patriots' Sony Michel: Breaks off two long runs
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Michel rushed nine times for 117 yards and caught both of his targets for another 23 yards in Sunday's 36-20 win over the Raiders.

Michel came into this game without a run of 35-plus yards in his career, but he produced two such runs here. His two catches are also notable considering Michel didn't have a single reception in New England's first two games of the season and only caught 19 balls in his first two seasons. The more versatile Rex Burkhead scored all three of the Patriots' touchdowns in this game, and James White (personal) should continue to siphon off a hefty chunk of snaps when he returns, but Michel came up big here after notching only 56 yards over the first two games and should maintain his role as the Patriots' top rushing option at the running back position against the Chiefs in Week 4.

September 27, 2020 01:28 PM
Patriots' Sony Michel: Could be a pivotal week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

ESPN's Mike Reiss suggests that if Michel "wants to keep his job as the Patriots' No. 1 running back, it isn't a stretch to say he needs a big game" Sunday against the Raiders.

After a seven-carry, 19-yard effort in Week 2's loss to the Seahawks, Michel will look to rebound Sunday, but he could have some added competition for carries as soon as next weekend, with Damien Harris (hand) eligible to come off IR following Week 3 action. This Sunday, however, Michel will have a chance to head the Patriots' backfield, with Rex Burkhead likely to handle complementary/change-of-pace work with James White (personal) out, while J.J. Taylor is on hand in a reserve capacity.

September 22, 2020 02:20 AM
Patriots' Sony Michel: Rushes for 19 yards
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Michel carried seven times for 19 yards in Sunday's 35-30 loss to Seattle.

Once again, QB Cam Newton was the team's top rushing threat, logging 11 carries for 47 yards and two TDs on the ground. Meanwhile, Rex Burkhead carried six times for two yards and J.J. Taylor lost a yard on his only carry. Pass-catching ace James White (personal) was inactive for Sunday's game, but his usual role was largely handled by Burkhead, who caught four of his six targets for 47 yards, while Michel didn't haul in his only Week 2 target. Looking ahead, Michel's fantasy prospects hinge on game flows that favor the run in weeks where the Patriots choose to limit Newton's touches in that phase of the game. In that context, Michel profiles as a hit-or-miss option heading into Week 3's contest versus the Raiders.

September 13, 2020 06:20 PM
Patriots' Sony Michel: Leads crowded backfield in opener
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Michel rushed 10 times for 37 yards and a touchdown while going without a target in the passing game in Sunday's 21-11 win over the Dolphins.

Michel got 10 carries while New England's three other running backs combined for 16, and his most important rush resulted in a one-yard touchdown to complete the scoring with 5:23 to go. The Patriots' first 14 points came courtesy of a pair of Cam Newton rushing scores, and the quarterback paced the team in both carries (15) and rushing yards (75). Michel will have some value as long as he's getting a sizable portion of the team's carries, but Newton's presence near the goal line and Michel's lack of involvement in the passing game are red flags ahead of a Week 2 trip to Seattle.

September 9, 2020 01:00 AM
Patriots' Sony Michel: May be eased back in
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The Patriots could elect to ease Michel back into their backfield mix early on in hte season while he returns from offseason foot surgery, Mike Reiss of reports.

That said, such an approach would have been easier to implement had a finger issue not landed Damien Harris on injured reserve. With Harris out for at least three weeks, Michel -- the Patriots' No. 1 back the last two seasons -- figures to head the team's ground game Sunday against the Dolphins. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels does have the luxury of being able to dish out touches to change-of-pace back James White and the versatile Rex Burkhead, so it does seem plausible that Michel's usage against Miami could be deliberate, though he's still expected to get the first shot at the bulk of the team's goal-line carries. For his part, Michel notes that his foot has responded well since he was activated from the PUP list Aug. 26, but the 2018 first-rounder acknowledged that he has some catching up to do while adding that he's "headed in the right direction." Either way, even as the franchise moves on from the Tom Brady era, New England's carry allotments are expected to continue to be dictated by game flow and matchup-specific game plans, an often frustrating context for fantasy managers.

September 8, 2020 03:00 AM
Patriots' Sony Michel: Added work in the offing
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With Damien Harris (finger) on IR and set to miss at least three games, Michel figures to see added work in the Patriots' backfield to start the season.

Harris had been pushing for a share of the team's early down carries, but he'll miss at least a few games, setting the stage for Michel -- who's looked good since returning from a foot injury -- to head the team's ground game out of the gate. Pass-catching ace James White and the versatile Rex Burkhead are also in the mix for touches, while J.J. Taylor adds depth, but Michel is now in a position to make a fantasy impact as the team's lead back for now, with a timeshare with Harris no longer imminent.

September 3, 2020 05:28 PM
Patriots' Sony Michel: Could see added work early on
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A hand injury could threaten the Week 1 status of Michel's teammate Damien Harris, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

There had been a good deal of positive buzz regarding Harris' play in training camp. That led to speculation that he could even supplant Michel -- who underwent offseason foot surgery -- as the Patriots' top early down back or at a minimum be a key part of a backfield time-share. If Harris does indeed miss time early on, or is is limited at all out of the gate, there's a path for Michel -- who has looked good since returning to practice Aug. 26 -- to see an uptick in carries, especially if Lamar Miller isn't quite ready for prime-time as he bounces back from an ACL injury. In any case, reliable weekly volume could be an issue for any member of the team's running back corps this season, given that pass-catching ace James White and the versatile Rex Burkhead are also in the mix for touches.

September 2, 2020 08:12 PM
Patriots' Sony Michel: Back in form after injury
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Patriots running back coach Ivan Fears said Wednesday that he's pleased with the way Michel has looked since being activated from the team's PUP list Aug. 26, Zack Cox of reports. "He's got fresh legs," Fears said. "We have to beat on him a little bit more first, and then we'll see what he has going."

Fears also relayed that the running back "got heavy" following his offseason foot surgery, but added that Michel's weight is "good" now. Michel, who led the Patriots in rushing in both of his first two NFL seasons, is currently competing for the team's lead role with second-year player Damien Harris and veteran addition Lamar Miller (knee), who was removed from New England's PUP list Monday. With that in mind, Harris had been impressive in Michel's absence, but he's missed a couple of practices in a row, while Miller, who's bouncing back from a torn ACL, has some catching up to do. With the versatile Rex Burkhead and pass-catching specialist James White also on hand, the team's deep backfield looks like a potential headache for fantasy players, with a committee approach and game-specific snap allotments both looking possible this season.

August 27, 2020 05:16 PM
Patriots' Sony Michel: Looks good in return to field
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Michel (foot) was a full participant during individual and team drills Wednesday, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports.

Per Guregian, Michel "appeared a bit trimmer than his official 5-foot-11, 215-pound" listing and "pretty much traded reps with Damien Harris" in what was the third-year back's first practice of 2020 after he was activated from the PUP list earlier in the day. With the Patriots seemingly content with where he stands from a health standpoint, Michel will now work toward securing a key role in the team's backfield. Given that Harris has been having a strong training camp, a timeshare between the two could be on tap, with the versatile Rex Burkhead and pass-catching specialist James White -- and eventually Lamar Miller (knee) -- also factoring into the mix.

August 26, 2020 05:08 PM
Patriots' Sony Michel: Taken off PUP list
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The Patriots removed Michel (foot) from the PUP list Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Michel was spotted in uniform before Wednesday's practice, and his removal from the PUP list is confirmation he's participating, albeit to an unknown extent. Coming back from May foot surgery, he'll have about two and a half weeks to ramp up before the Patriots host the Dolphins in their Sept. 13 season opener. Damien Harris reportedly has built up a strong case for an expanded role in his second professional season, but it won't come as any big surprise if Michel gets another shot at operating as the Pats' lead runner.

August 26, 2020 05:08 PM
Patriots' Sony Michel: Spotted at practice
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Michel (foot) is present for Wednesday's practice, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

While nothing has been officially reported, Michel's involvement in practice would mean that he's been removed from the PUP list. His absence from training camp thus far has allowed second-year back Damien Harris to shine, but there's still some chance Michel will be the lead ballcarrier come September.

August 21, 2020 05:12 PM
Patriots' Sony Michel: Not ruled out for opener
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Greg A. Bedard of indicates that it "sounds like" Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears hasn't ruled out the possibility of Michel (foot) being ready for Week 1.

"I think he'll be ready when he has a shot to get out there," Fears said of Michel, who remains on the Patriots' active/PUP list. "Hopefully we have some time before the first game for him to be out there. If not, we'll take him when we get him." With both Michel and Lamar Miller (knee) on the PUP list, Damien Harris has seen added training camp reps, allowing him to make a case to potentially handle the team's early-down work if Michel and/or Miller aren't ready to play in Week 1. Meanwhile, James White is on hand to reprise his change-of-pace/pass-catching role, while the versatile Rex Burkhead is also available to work in various situations.

August 11, 2020 09:16 AM
Patriots' Sony Michel: Uncertain for Week 1
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The Patriots' signing of Lamar Miller may be related to uncertainty regarding Michel (foot) being ready for Week 1, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

The foot surgery Michel had in May initially was said to be minor, but it's now fair to question that sentiment as he lingers on the PUP list through the second week of team activities. The Patriots are scheduled to begin practicing Wednesday, and Michel won't be able to join his teammates until/unless he's activated from the list. In addition to Miller, the Patriots have James White, Damien Harris and Rex Burkhead as solid options to take backfield reps with the first-team offense.

August 2, 2020 06:28 PM
Patriots' Sony Michel: Placed on PUP list
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The Patriots placed Michel (foot) on the active/PUP list Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

This move doesn't come as a surprise, as there was some uncertainty whether Michel would be able to practice when the Patriots can first do so Aug. 12. He remains in recovery mode from May surgery to relieve discomfort in his foot. Once he's deemed healthy, he should be the first Patriot to take on reps on the ground, but Rex Burkhead and second-year pro Damien Harris are around in the event Michel falters.

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