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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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Julian Edelman, McCourty twins are pumped about Patriots' Mohamed Sanu trade

Julian Edelman, McCourty twins are pumped about Patriots' Mohamed Sanu trade

The New England Patriots' latest trade already has its players' stamp of approval.

The Patriots reportedly are acquiring Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons, a move the veteran wide receiver confirmed on Twitter during a back-and-forth with New England quarterback Tom Brady.

But three more Patriots also welcomed Sanu to Foxboro with open arms: Devin and Jason McCourty, who both played college football with Sanu at Rutgers, and fellow wide receiver Julian Edelman.

Sanu joins a strong Rutgers contingent in New England that also includes safety Duron Harmon and assistant coach Steve Belichick, who was a long-snapper for the Scarlet Knights during Sanu's final season there in 2011.

As for Edelman, he's likely happy to have another productive wide receiver to take the heat off him.

Sanu logged 33 catches for 313 yards in seven games for the Falcons following Tuesday's trade and bolsters wide receiver corps that could welcome back Josh Gordon and N'Keal Harry over the next few weeks.

UPDATE (10:54 a.m. ET): Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy has joined the Sanu welcome party on Twitter:

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NFL Power Rankings: There's a new No. 2 in the AFC after Week 7

NFL Power Rankings: There's a new No. 2 in the AFC after Week 7

Know what? It’s starting to get good. While the Patriots are firmly entrenched as the best team in the conference and the league, the scratching and clawing happening among the next six contenders and pretenders has gotten very interesting as we near the halfway mark of the season.

Here's how the AFC shapes up after Week 7. . .

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