New England Patriots rookie running back Sony Michel missed 12 practices and sat out all four preseason games. Head coach Bill Belichick gave a brief update on his next move regarding Michel’s game.
Sony Michel suffered knee injury early in training camp, and we still don’t have much info on his status for the Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Houston Texans.
“He missed some time, so he’s a little bit behind. But, he’s working hard to catch up on and off the field in all areas,” the head coach said.
Belichick’s comments came after Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears said that Michel was limited in practice. The running back’s condition has improved, and he took part in positional drills at each recent practice.
“We have walkthroughs. We have meetings, film sessions. He’s involved in everything. He just physically can’t go out there and do everything in practice. I’m very happy with him. He’s a very hard-working kid. He’s very conscious of what he has to get done, and he gets after it. He’s been great,” Fears said.
“He’s working at it. Getting better every day,” Belichick added.
Michel struggled with some ball seciruty early camp, but promised to improve. He had reps with quarterback Tom Brady and the first-team offense before his injury. The knee injury was so bad that he had to miss the preseason.
The Patriots were left with four running backs on the 53-man roster after the release of veteran Brandon Bolden. Rex Burkhead, James White, Jeremy Hill and Michel will boost the unit. Burkhead also missed the preseason due to a reported knee injury. However, he’s more than ready for Week 1.
Does this mean that the Patriots are secure at any position? I bet they are. The regular season is about to start, and we can’t wait for it.