There was a bit of reason for concern surrounding Sony Michel this offseason. The second-year running back out of Georgia missed New England Patriots minicamp after having minor arthroscopic knee surgery.
Considering that Michel had dealt with a knee injury that cost him a few games in 2018, this certainly was something a bit unsettling. However, it seems that Michel is doing just fine. Per NFL Network's Mike Giardi, Michel is "progressing well" and "running at full tilt."
Multiple sources say that Sony Michel is progressing quickly since his most recent arthroscopic knee surgery and has been running full tilt. The 2nd year RB has also been spending considerable time at @TB12sports like so many before - and after - have/will. #Patriots— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) June 23, 2019
This update seemingly indicates that Michel should be more than fine by the time the regular season rolls around, though his knee will still need to be watched closely.
The Patriots will have options to limit Michel's workload if they do become worried about his knee at any point. The team drafted Alabama's Damien Harris in the third round, and he could factor into the running back rotation. Elsewhere, the team still has pass-catching specialist James White and Rex Burkhead on the roster, so those three can handle the workload if Michel's knee gives him trouble.
It is intriguing that Michel is spending time at the TB12 facility. And Giardi offered an explanation for what Michel's goals were in spending time at TB12.
told the goal is two fold. 1) to improve range of motion in the knee (of course) in hopes that 2) Michel becomes a more explosive runner this year— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) June 23, 2019
We'll see if it ends up having a positive impact on Michel. But clearly, Brady's program is having an influence on some of the Patriots. Rob Gronkowski notably worked out at the TB12 facility last offseason and other players like Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Hogan, and Julian Edelman have also tried out the TB12 method.
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