Patriots rookie RB Sony Michel will require a "procedure" for a knee injury he suffered in practice Wednesday, according to The Athletic's Jeff Howe. The recovery is expected to cost Michel the entire preseason and might keep him sidelined "into the start" of the regular season. That's obviously terrible news for the fantasy outlook of a rookie back, especially one competing with Rex Burkhead and James White for backfield snaps and touches. We'll see how sharply Michel's ADP falls. He'll likely need to get to the Round 8 range or so in 12-team drafts to be worth the risk. Burkhead, meanwhile, should climb from an ADP that has already been ascending. Don't be surprised if we start to see him regularly go in Round 4.

Update: ESPN's Mike Reiss reports that Michel had fluid drained from the knee and that the situation "is not expected to affect Michel's availability for a significant portion, if any, of the regular season." We've moved Michel down our RB rankings and Burkhead up, but we'll keep watching for any further updates on this issue.

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ESPN's Mike Reiss expects the Patriots to "easy [Sony] Michel" back into the mix in Sunday's opener against the Dolphins. That's not a surprise considering Michel returned to practice just a couple of weeks ago after May foot surgery. RB Damien Harris' absence might make Michel a slightly better bet for carries vs. Miami, but James White, Rex Burkhead and potentially rookie J.J. Taylor will also be involved. Consider Michel a risk/reward RB3 for Week 1.

Patriots RB Sony Michel was in uniform for Wednesday's practice and participating in individual drills. It's his 1st time on the field since May foot surgery. RB Damien Harris has impressed as both a runner and receiver in Michel's absence. We'll be curious to see where Michel sits in the pecking order now -- and, of course, how he fares returning from that foot issue.

Patriots RB Sony Michel is "no sure thing" for Week 1, a source tells The Athletic's Jeff Howe. Michel is recovering from May foot surgery. It's the 3rd consecutive offseason he's needed surgery, following knee procedures in 2018 and 2019. New England signed RB Lamar Miller earlier this week and returns 2nd-year RB Damien Harris, so Michel's job as lead ball-carrier isn't assured. He continues to sink in our RB rankings.

Patriots RB Sony Michel (foot) has been placed on the active/PUP list to open training camp. He's still recovering from May foot surgery. He shed his walking boot in mid-July, but we still have no timetable for his return to the field. We'll see when he's able to get back out there -- and whether 2nd-year RB Damien Harris can take advantage of Michel's absence.

Patriots RB Sony Michel's status for the start of training camp "remains up in the air," according to The Athletic's Jeff Howe. Michel had foot surgery in May and has been rehabbing at the team's facilities for the past few weeks. He still stands as the favorite to lead the Pats in carries this season -- but any missed time would give RB Damien Harris an opportunity to earn a bigger role.

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