Patriots RB Sony Michel had surgery on his foot in May, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. "The surgery was viewed as more maintenance-based to help relieve discomfort that Michel had been experiencing," Reiss adds. It sounds like a relatively minor procedure, but the timing might impact Michel's availability for the start of training camp. Any missed time would open the door for 2nd-year back Damien Harris to carve out a role.
Patriots RB Damien Harris is active for tonight's game against the Jets. It's just the 2nd time the rookie has been up. Don't expect him to get more than a few carries -- if any -- but this could hint at a run-heavier game plan from New England.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) is inactive for tonight’s game against the Giants. Rookie RB Damien Harris is a healthy scratch again, so RBs Sony Michel and James White should be busy with the Pats 16.5-point home favorites.
Patriots RB Damien Harris is a healthy scratch for tonight's opener against the Steelers. He's behind Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead for now. Harris might still be the best bet for carries in this backfield if Michel misses time this season, but he's obviously just a fantasy handcuff.
Patriots RB Damien Harris is dealing with a "minor" hand/wrist injury, according to insider Jeff Howe. That explains why the rookie didn't play in last week's preseason opener. It doesn't sound like Harris is in danger of missing the start of the season, but the missed practice time hurts his chances of earning a significant role out of the gate. Sony Michel's role as lead ball-carrier seems safe to open the season.
The Patriots added Alabama RB Damien Harris in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The #1 RB in the 2015 recruiting class led talented ‘Bama backfields in rushing in each of the past 3 seasons: 1,037 yards in 2016, 1,000 in 2017 and 876 this past year. He leaves school with a strong 6.4 yards per carry (half a yard better than Josh Jacobs) and also totaled 52 catches across his 4 years on campus. Harris isn’t a flashy back, but he packs a punch at 5’10, 216 pounds and registered a solid 46th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. The pick feels a bit redundant for the Patriots, who have Sony Michel coming off an impressive season as lead ball-carrier. But Michel has a long injury history, including a knee injury last August that cost him the season’s first 3 games.