Patriots' Michel has knee procedure, expected to miss preseason


New England rookie running back Sony Michel had fluid drained from a knee and is expected to miss the preseason, according to multiple reports.

Michel, taken by the Patriots with the No. 31 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, left practice Wednesday with a knee injury. The Athletic reported that Michel could miss the start of the regular season as well.

In the early days of training camp, Michel had impressed the Patriots. Needing depth at running back after the loss of Dion Lewis in free agency, the Patriots drafted a running back in the first round for the first time since 2006, when they chose Laurence Maroney of Minnesota.

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Michel has a history of knee injuries. He tore his left ACL in 2011 as a sophomore at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla. At Georgia, he hurt his left knee in 2017 in the SEC championship game against Auburn.

When he returns, Michel is expected to contribute to a backfield that includes Rex Burkhead, James White, Mike Gillislee and Jeremy Hill.

--Field Level Media

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