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Michel Recovering From Foot Surgery; Could Open Camp On PUP
Patriots starting running back Sony Michel is recovering from surgery on his foot in May, sources tell's Mike Reiss. The surgery was viewed as more maintenance-based to help relieve discomfort that Michel had been experiencing.

The Patriots are scheduled to return for training camp in late July, but Michel is already back in Foxboro as part of his rehabilitation.

Reiss added: "How Michel progresses will ultimately determine whether he starts training camp on the physically unable to perform list. ..."

Michel has been the Patriots' leading rusher each of the past two seasons, finishing last year with 912 yards on 247 carries (3.7 average), with seven touchdowns. In 2018, he totaled 931 yards on 209 carries (4.5 avg.) with six touchdowns, and was instrumental in the team's late-season surge to winning Super Bowl LIII.

In addition to Michel, the Patriots have James White, Rex Burkhead, Brandon Bolden, Damien Harris and J.J. Taylor on the running back depth chart.

Harris, a 2019 third-round draft choice from Alabama who played in just two games as a rookie, could provide valuable insurance for Michel. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry on 477 attempts, which set the Alabama career mark for those with at least 400 carries. That said, he finished his rookie season with four carries for 12 yards.

Indeed, Harris spent most of his rookie campaign on the inactive list as White, Michel, Burkhead and Bolden all had roles.

White is the team's "passing back" while Burkhead and Bolden have been valuable backups whose contributions on special teams have locked in their spots on the game-day roster. Taylor is an undrafted free agent from Arizona.

We'll continue to watch for more on Michel's progress and follow up as needed.