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Report: Sony Michel 'progressing quickly' after knee surgery, spending time TB12 facility

Report: Sony Michel 'progressing quickly' after knee surgery, spending time TB12 facility

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."

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.

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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NFL players rip league's postgame jersey swap policy for next season

NFL players rip league's postgame jersey swap policy for next season

A tradition that became popular in international soccer has become a staple of NFL postgames in recent years, but it might not be allowed during the 2020 season.

Swapping jerseys with an opponent is now commonplace in North American professional sports leagues. We often see younger players swap jerseys with veterans who they grew up watching. Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a sought-after player for the postgame jersey swap. Multiple players from the Washington Redskins asked for his No. 12 jersey after a Week 5 game last season.

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Well, unfortunately for NFL players, swapping jerseys could be banned in the upcoming season as the league tries to implement social distancing measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the NFL and NFLPA have not yet agreed on all of the medical protocols for gamedays. NFL Media's Tom Pelissero reported the latest information Thursday:

Players were not pleased with this development, to say the least.

One of the most outspoken players was San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, who tweeted the following message. It earned a retweet from Patriots running back James White, among other players.

Many other players were not afraid to share their displeasure with the jersey swap potentially being banned. Here are some of those reactions:

With opposition so strong and coming from several of the league's stars, it'll be interesting to see if the league eventually eases up and allows jersey swaps to happen as normal next season.

WATCH: Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry meet for first workout as Patriots teammates

WATCH: Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry meet for first workout as Patriots teammates

Cam Newton is wasting no time getting to know his New England Patriots wide receivers.

The new Patriots quarterback, who officially signed a one-year contract with the team Wednesday, linked up with wideout Mohamed Sanu last week for a few throwing sessions in Los Angeles.

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This Wednesday, it was N'Keal Harry's turn to catch passes from Newton, according to Boston.com, which obtained video of the duo's L.A. workout from EBA Sports.

The video shows Newton meeting Harry for the first time as a member of the Patriots before throwing the second-year receiver a handful of passes.

Newton and Harry worked out together for about two hours and were later joined by Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., per Boston.com.

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Harry has been working hard this offseason to improve his game after a disappointing rookie campaign. The Patriots' 2019 first-round pick appeared in just seven games last season due to a nagging ankle injury, catching 12 passes on 24 targets for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

It's encouraging to see the 22-year-old on the practice field with Newton, who's aiming to bounce back from his own foot injury that limited him to two games in 2019.

Newton will have to beat out second-year QB Jarrett Stidham for the starting job, and it appears he's eager to get started while developing chemistry with his new pass-catchers.