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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is "likely" to return for Sunday's game against the Titans. "Just needs a good week of practice with no setbacks, but on track," Schefter adds. We'll keep an eye on Michel's practice participation this week. Once healthy, he'll step back in as New England's lead ball-carrier and be a borderline RB1 in fantasy lineups.

6:11pm EST 11/4/18

Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is inactive for tonight’s game against the Packers. We’ll see if New England again uses Cordarrelle Patterson in the backfield. RB James White remains an elite fantasy play.

Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Packers. As usual, we haven’t heard anything from the Pats (who list 13 players as questionable this week). We’ll look for an update on Michel on Sunday morning.

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (hip) is not listed on the final injury report. He only got in limited practices on Wednesday and Friday, though, so he’s clearly at less than 100%. That makes Sanu a shaky Week 9 fantasy play.

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (hip) missed practice on Thursday after putting in a limited workout on Wednesday. Sanu played through this hip injury in Week 7, but the fact that he's missing time after the Week 8 bye is a serious concern. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower (knee) is inactive for tonight’s game against the Bills. Hightower should not have been in IDP plans anyway.

Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) has been downgraded to out for Monday night's game in Buffalo. He was originally listed as doubtful but never had a shot to play after missing practice all week. We'll see if he can return for Week 9. James White and Kenjon Barner will handle backfield duties for New England vs. the Bills.

Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is doubtful for Monday night’s game against the Bills. That leaves the backfield to James White and Kenjon Barner, each of whom started the week in usable range in our Week 8 rankings.

An MRI on Patriots RB Sony Michel's injured knee revealed no structural damage, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The rookie is considered "week-to-week." It's about the best possible news Michel owners could have hoped for. We'll keep you updated on his rehab. It's worth noting that New England has a Week 11 bye, so a Week 12 return might be most likely. We'd try to hang on to Michel as a potential RB1 down the stretch.

A Patriots source told ESPN's Adam Schefter this regarding RB Sony Michel's knee injury: “Expect it will be a little bit but not overly serious. Won’t know til they look at it Monday.” It sounds like Michel avoided a season-ending injury but figures to miss some time. We should learn more later today. James White and Kenjon Barner are left as the Patriots' healthy RBs right now. They figure to add someone this week. Free agent and former Patriot Mike Gillislee's name has been tossed around.

Patriots RB Sony Michel was carted to the locker room with a left leg injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Bears. His leg got twisted awkwardly in a pile. We'll update his status when we learn more. Michel's absence leaves New England with RBs James White and Kenjon Barner.

UPDATE: The Pats announced Michel with a knee injury and deemed him questionable to return.

7:10pm EDT 10/14/18

Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is active for tonight’s game against the Chiefs. We never heard any concern over the knee, so Michel seems safe to use as you normally would in fantasy lineups.

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu exited in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Bucs with hip injury. He was on the injury report this week with a hip, although it's unclear if this is related. We'll update Sanu's status when we learn more.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport called Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) a game-time decision for tonight's tilt with the Chiefs. Rapoport went on to say that Michel is expected to play. The rookie was limited in practice all week, but this is the 1st time we've heard that his status is at all in doubt. We'd still lean toward keeping Michel in fantasy lineups unless you're stacked at RB.

The Patriots have listed RB Sony Michel (knee) as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Chiefs. He was limited in practice all week. We’ve heard nothing to suggest Michel is in danger of missing this one, but it’s a situation to keep an eye on considering his history of knee issues. We’ll look for an update on Sunday morning.

Patriots S Patrick Chung and DE Trey Flowers (concussions) are both active for today's game against the Dolphins. Both make sense as IDP options depending on league size and your other available options.

Patriots S Patrick Chung and DE Trey Flowers are questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Each guy missed Week 3 with a concussion. They put in limited practices this week, and Flowers told reporters Wednesday he expected to be ready to play Sunday. We'll see about the status of each starter on Sunday.

The Patriots will place RB Rex Burkhead on IR with the neck injury he suffered in Week 3, according to the Boston Globe's Jim McBride. No word yet on Burkhead's exact injury or whether he's a candidate to return after 8 weeks. We'll look for more details, but Burkhead can be dropped outside of deep leagues and leagues with an IR spot. New England's once deep backfield has now lost Burkead and Jeremy Hill to injuries. That leaves Sony Michel as the clear lead ball-carrier and James White as the primary pass-catching back. Both guys look like weekly fantasy starters at this point.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead injured his neck in the 4th quarter of Sunday night's game against the Lions and did not return. He played just 7 snaps before exiting, carrying 0 times and catching 2 of 3 targets. He's fallen behind Sony Michel and James White in the backfield pecking order.

The Patriots on Saturday ruled DE Trey Flowers and S Patrick Chung out for Sunday night's game at Detroit. Each is dealing with a concussion. We'll see about their progress heading into Week 4.

 
 
 

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