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.

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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'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.

Patriots FB Danny Vitale and RT Marcus Cannon have chosen to opt out of the 2020 season. Vitale was signed in May to replace the retired James Develin. The Pats had a FB on the field for 26% of their snaps last year, so it's not an insignificant loss. But Cannon's absence is more notable. He started 15 games last season and ranked 33rd in Pro Football Focus' grades among 66 qualifying OTs. 2019 3rd-rounder Yodny Cajuste might be the favorite to replace Cannon. It's all bad news for Sony Michel and the rest of New England's RBs.

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