Sony Michel missed the final stages of the Patriots’ offseason program because he had an arthroscopic procedure done on his knee, according to a league source.
The second-year running back, New England’s leader a season ago with 209 rushes for 931 yards and 6 touchdowns, is expected to be ready for training camp in late July.
Michel was a beast in the playoffs, rushing 71 times for 336 yards and 6 TDs. He capped his first NFL season by scoring the only touchdown in New England’s 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
It’s unclear when Michel had the scope, but he wasn’t on hand for any of the practices (one OTA session and three minicamp workouts) that reporters were allowed to watch.
The Patriots have a deep tailback corps led by veterans James White, Rex Burkhead, and Brandon Bolden. In addition, they selected Alabama’s Damien Harris in the third round of the draft and signed LSU’s Nick Brossette as an undrafted rookie.
Brossette also was not spotted during the offseason program, though the reason for his absence is undisclosed.
Though Michel’s most recent procedure is considered minor, the 5-foot-11-inch, 215-pounder does have a history of knee issues.
The second of New England’s two-first round picks in 2018, Michel missed a late chunk of his rookie training camp because of knee surgery. The Georgia product also missed a pair of games last season after he suffered a knee injury against the Bears in October.
Michel suffered a torn ACL in high school and hurt his knee again during the 2017 Southeastern Conference championship game.