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NFL Rumors: Sony Michel missed Patriots minicamp due to knee procedure

NFL Rumors: Sony Michel missed Patriots minicamp due to knee procedure

No, Sony Michel didn't mysteriously go missing during the New England Patriots' minicamp last week.

The Patriots running back missed the team's three mandatory practice sessions due to a "knee scope" operation, The Athletic's Jeff Howe reported Wednesday.

Michel is expected to be ready for training camp in late July, per Howe.

The 24-year-old, who tore his ACL in high school, suffered a knee injury in last year's training camp that held him out of the entire preseason. Michel also missed three games in 2018 due to nagging knee problems, and it appears those knee issues warranted a procedure as he prepares for the 2019 season.

New England has decent depth at the running back position outside Michel, as rookie Damien Harris joins James White, Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden in the backfield.

The Patriots are off until late July, so Michel has well over a month to recover before beginning his second NFL campaign.

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Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

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Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

Shawne Merriman is no fan of the New England Patriots, but his son's allegiances seems to differ a bit.

The former Los Angeles Chargers star posted a Father's Day tweet Sunday with a photo of his son getting ready to buy a Tom Brady Patriots jersey with a Super Bowl LI patch, and the three-time Pro Bowler's reaction is priceless. 

A Brady jersey probably is the last piece of NFL apparel that Merriman would want his son to buy, given his history with the Patriots.

Merriman still hasn't forgotten about the Patriots coming into San Diego and defeating the 14-2 Chargers in the 2006 AFC Divisional Round. It was the Chargers' best team in a long time, and after the Patriots won in dramatic fashion, some New England players mocked Merriman's sack dance during the on-field celebrations. Chargers players weren't happy at all.

But hey, props to Merriman's son, he knows greatness when he sees it. And he's not alone, evidenced by Brady once again leading all NFL players in royalties from sales of items including jerseys.

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Tom Brady is taking notes from Raptors' massive championship parade

Tom Brady is taking notes from Raptors' massive championship parade

The Raptors saw an estimated 1.5 million people flood the streets of Toronto on Wednesday for the team's first NBA championship parade.

Tom Brady's reaction? Challenge accepted.

Here's the New England Patriots quarterback's simple yet effective tweet upon seeing the massive turnout in Toronto:

Brady knows a thing or two about highly-attended championship parades: Roughly 1.5 million people came out in Boston just four months ago to watch the Patriots celebrate their sixth Super Bowl title.

That attendance number was a record for the city's many Patriots title parades, but it appears the Raptors matched that Monday.

So, Brady and Co. will just have to win a seventh championship to raise the bar yet again next February.

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