Patriots

Michel (quad) ruled out for Monday's game at Chiefs

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The Patriots will be without their leading rusher when they face the Chiefs Monday night.

Sony Michel, who is coming off his first 100-yard game since the 2018 season, has been downgraded to out.

With the game being pushed back from Sunday afternoon to Monday evening, the prospect of same-day travel on buses and planes to and from Kansas City for a running back dealing with a quad injury was to much for the Pats back.

With Michel out, the Patriots are left with James White, Rex Burkhead and J.J. Taylor at running back, though there's a distinct possibility of a reinforcement joining them on the field.

Though Damien Harris only played a few snaps a season ago, rushing for 12 yards on four carries, he got rave reviews for his performance in training camp, where he showed impressive athleticism and speed. A finger injury had sidelined him for the first three games this season.

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The Patriots could use the potential addition of Harris and the return of White, who has missed the last two games after the tragic death of his father in a car accident.

Even though the Patriots boast the second best rushing offense in the NFL -- 178.0 yards per game -- New England will be without its top two rushers tonight, with both Sony Michel and Cam Newton out.