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12 minutes ago, TripItUp said:

Until week 3 when Burkhead succumbs to injury...that's the piece Burkhead truthers are missing...no way he stays healthy with a big workload.

You do realize that Michel has torn his ACL, injured that same knee again in 2017, has fractured and re-injured his shoulder, reportedly has a "bone-on-bone" knee condition, is currently missing TC practices because of a knee injury, and had over 200 touches in ONE of his college seasons, right?

 

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10 minutes ago, Bayhawks said:

You do realize that Michel has torn his ACL, injured that same knee again in 2017, has fractured and re-injured his shoulder, reportedly has a "bone-on-bone" knee condition, is currently missing TC practices because of a knee injury, and had over 200 touches in ONE of his college seasons, right?

 

NE knew all of that.  They still drafted him in the 1st round.  

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4 minutes ago, ILUVBEER99 said:

NE knew all of that.  They still drafted him in the 1st round.  

Did they?  They knew he was going to hurt his knee (again) and miss time in TC?

That aside, NE also knew about Burkhead's injury history when they signed him in FA before 2017, AND when they resigned him this past off-season to a multi-year extension that is worth more, per-year, than what they are paying Michel.

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Howe: Further details w/more clarity: Michel’s knee injury requires a procedure that’s expected to keep him out of preseason, and perhaps even into the start of the reg season, per 2 sources. So not a major sigh of relief, but the expectation is Michel should contribute this season.

 

https://twitter.com/jeffphowe/status/1025831498707075072?s=21

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2 minutes ago, zeeshan2 said:

Howe: Further details w/more clarity: Michel’s knee injury requires a procedure that’s expected to keep him out of preseason, and perhaps even into the start of the reg season, per 2 sources. So not a major sigh of relief, but the expectation is Michel should contribute this season.

 

https://twitter.com/jeffphowe/status/1025831498707075072?s=21

That’s not good.

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Latest from Ian Rapoport:

Ian Rapoport‏ @RapSheet 8m8 minutes ago

#Patriots RB Sony Michel suffered a knee injury in Wednesday’s practice and required a procedure, source confirms (as @jeffphowe said). He will be fine by the start of the regular season, at the very latest. Considered minor.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots rookie running back Sony Michel underwent a procedure to drain fluid from his knee after leaving Wednesday's practice, and is expected to be sidelined for at least 10 days, according to sources.

While the recovery process could extend beyond 10 days, it is not expected to affect Michel's availability for a significant portion, if any, of the regular season.

Edelman: Return from ACL tear has been a 'grind'

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman said Friday that he's still trying to get into football shape while recovering from a torn ACL that sidelined him last season.

A source described the draining of the knee as more of a clean-up, referring to it as positive because it helped address some pre-existing issues.

A first-round draft pick out of Georgia (No. 31 overall), Michel left the SEC Championship Game against Auburn in December with a left knee sprain, but returned to play in the team's final two games (Rose Bowl, national championship).

The Patriots plan to pair the 5-foot-11, 215-pound Michel with Rex Burkhead and James White atop their running back depth chart, as they transition without Dion Lewis, who signed as a free agent with the Tennessee Titans this offseason.

On Wednesday's sixth practice of training camp, Michel walked off the field under his own power with head athletic trainer Jim Whalen, first entering the medical tent and then heading to the locker room.

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1 minute ago, Widbil83 said:

Mike Clay just tweeted-

Just now on @NextLevelFF - @cpriceNFL says Patriots rookie RB Sony Michel will miss "roughly 10 days"

If this timeline is true he would only miss one preseason game.

True, but I would argue that missing ten days early in camp as a new player/rookie is worse then missing ten days at almost any other time.  Missing 10 days during the season affects how you score in 1-2 weeks.... missing ten days now can affect your role/how you score in all of them.

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26 minutes ago, Widbil83 said:

Mike Clay just tweeted-

Just now on @NextLevelFF - @cpriceNFL says Patriots rookie RB Sony Michel will miss "roughly 10 days"

If this timeline is true he would only miss one preseason game.

:goodposting:

Praying for an overreaction so I can get Michel a few rounds cheaper.

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10 minutes ago, TripItUp said:

:goodposting:

Praying for an overreaction so I can get Michel a few rounds cheaper.

Me too. He was always a late season play with the hope he gets on a Dion Lewis share of the job but his price tag was way too high to roll the dice in that. This way he may get a fair market price tag.

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21 minutes ago, sjdogs said:

Meniscus injuries are no joke 

You're right. There's only a small portion that's fixable and it doesn't sound like that's the area that he has. 

 

Once you remove that, there is a potential for strain to the surrounding, untouched meniscus being higher and maybe more injury. The meniscus is like the pillow of the knee, so when that goes away then now you have cartilage of the femur rubbing on cartilage of the tibia, which is fine but not really what either were specifically designed for in the knee. This can lead to other issues over time, such as microfracture surgery and chronic pain/inflammation over the course of a career. 

I certainly wouldn't want him. But I also don't want Melvin Gordon, but he's carved out quite a nice career for himself since his microfracture (although I do feel like the time on his knee is about to expire soon). Every injury is different, every person is different. 

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1 hour ago, Mark Football said:

Are you in the medical field? How long till he can be effective?

NO

i had a full tear, this doesn’t sound like that  and at the time I was exercising very hard , Spartan gym stuff 4 x a week .   no way I could have done any of that for a long time. Clearly I’m not an athlete and don’t have access to professional care like nfl teams, but I’m sure there is greater chance of. Re aggravating the injury and that it’s a painful injury to run with 

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12 minutes ago, sjdogs said:

NO

i had a full tear, this doesn’t sound like that  and at the time I was exercising very hard , Spartan gym stuff 4 x a week .   no way I could have done any of that for a long time. Clearly I’m not an athlete and don’t have access to professional care like nfl teams, but I’m sure there is greater chance of. Re aggravating the injury and that it’s a painful injury to run with 

Seems like they are trying to avoid him being out for 4-6 weeks with a meniscectomy, and so far it isn't looking good. To avoid ridicule, I will stop there and just caution people to take that information for what it's worth and proceed with caution. If you care to hear my concerns on this feel free to message me. 

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Just now, Dr. Dan said:

Seems like they are trying to avoid him being out for 4-6 weeks with a meniscectomy, and so far it isn't looking good. To avoid ridicule, I will stop there and just caution people to take that information for what it's worth and proceed with caution. If you care to hear my concerns on this feel free to message me. 

I'd actually like to hear your concerns publicly if you don't mind...your posts have been very informative.

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1 hour ago, Dr. Dan said:

Seems like they are trying to avoid him being out for 4-6 weeks with a meniscectomy, and so far it isn't looking good. To avoid ridicule, I will stop there and just caution people to take that information for what it's worth and proceed with caution. If you care to hear my concerns on this feel free to message me. 

You are a very knowledgeable poster. Share publically and let the trolls troll. LOL

personally like sonny but with the meniscus it’s a big big caution flag 

 

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Here are my thoughts

first this was a surgery to drain the knee, later the narrative was it was a "procedure." that's odd in itself. first to do a surgery to drain the knee is counter productive. surgery causes swelling. no matter how minor, which is why a syringe is usually used to drain. second, for swelling to be bad enough to drain... that's a lot of swelling. it only takes 20ccs of fluid (20ml) to start to inhibit the quadriceps. that's not a lot. so strength is a concern for me

I read initially out 10 days. then I saw all preseason and maybe into the regular season. Also we had an update last week that his issue was related to a meniscus injury. so this has changed quite a bit over the last 10 days. 

the timeline for return (about 4 weeks) leads me to believe that he may have a mensicectomy. which if thats the case that can lead to other issues later on, but many athletes have this fixed and are just fine. in fact, many ACL tears have meniscus involvement. 

Meniscus does not heal on it's own, except for one small spot called the red zone (no relation to football). when the meniscus is removed, it leads to earlier onset of arthritis in the knee. an average person in their 20s can expect arthritic changes at 45 or 50 that limit activities. an elite athlete... that's so much more impact to the knees,  but not enough of a sample size or research to make a definitive statement about this. I doubt it leads to arthritis in 10 years. as I said, many athletes have this surgery and are fine. I just get concerned about any other cartilage involvement. is this going to maybe lead to microfracture some day? all depends on the size of the tear. 

 

let's say he didn't have the meniscus tear removed, well now I'm more concerned. why the 10 day timeline? is this going to be something that bothers him all year? if he swells, how much weaker and ineffective is he going to be? Did he tear it in the Red Zone? That fits the timeline as well. he would be out and likely non weight bearing at least 4 weeks. maybe that's what they're hoping for, for it to heal on it's own. that would be the best case scenario of this whole thing. 

IMO if he didnt have a mensiectomy, it's still swollen, and he has to miss 4 weeks, then I wouldn't be surprised if he did need surgery at some point this season or offseason. 

 

so I guess I see three scenarios: 

1. He had mensicectomy. in which case I'm not as excited about him long term (potential for other cartilage issues), but it's a relatively minor procedure, and I'm likely being too cautious. But wouldnt we have known this? isnt it a rule to report this on the injury report?

2. They are trying to avoid the mensicectomy. This is likely to be an issue and swell throughout the season. trying to see if draining and therapy can help, but depends on the size of the tear what the chances of this working out are.

3. He tore in the one spot that can heal on it's own and he could be fine. best case scenario IMO. 

I'm confused why it was initially said 10 days missed. if they really thought he'd be back in 10 days following his procedure, and that wasn't bad reporting, then #3 is ruled out. Or was that the report before the procedure? 

I assume you can't withhold surgeries from injury reports, so maybe #1 is out too.

So that leaves #2.  My least favorite of all of the options. Sure, it could be a minor tear and a good prognosis, but then why did it swell so bad, and why the need to drain? 

Lots of questions and yellow flags. Too much for me right now. 

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1 hour ago, Dr. Dan said:

why it was initially said 10 days missed. if they really thought he'd be back in 10 days following his procedure, and that wasn't bad reporting, then #3 is ruled out. Or was that the report before the procedure? 

I doubt the Patriots said boo about a timeline and a reporter asked someone not that close to the team and got 10 days as a guess . . . but somehow that made the rounds and being reported as fact or "sources close to the team."

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18 minutes ago, Anarchy99 said:

I doubt the Patriots said boo about a timeline and a reporter asked someone not that close to the team and got 10 days as a guess . . . but somehow that made the rounds and being reported as fact or "sources close to the team."

right, that's what I'm wondering. and it's perhaps the most crucial part of decoding what's going on here with Michel. 

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15 minutes ago, Dr. Dan said:

right, that's what I'm wondering. and it's perhaps the most crucial part of decoding what's going on here with Michel. 

I heard a blurb on the radio the other day and someone asked B.B. for a status update on some of the injured guys and if any were close to returning. 

He gave his usual non answer of injury status will be updated the week leading up to opening day as required. And his job is to coach the players that are actually on the field for practice. That of course was followed by a comment about trying to get a little bit better every practice. But not a word about injured players. 

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19 hours ago, Dr. Dan said:

so I guess I see three scenarios: 

1. He had mensicectomy. in which case I'm not as excited about him long term (potential for other cartilage issues), but it's a relatively minor procedure, and I'm likely being too cautious. But wouldnt we have known this? isnt it a rule to report this on the injury report?

 

Great post.

Says to no one in particular: I was under the impression that there are zero injury reporting obligations until the regular season starts?

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9 minutes ago, SeniorVBDStudent said:

Great post.

Says to no one in particular: I was under the impression that there are zero injury reporting obligations until the regular season starts?

I believe that’s correct. Part of the reason we get extremely limited information about injuries in the preseason is because no injury report is required until the lead up to week 1.

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20 minutes ago, SeniorVBDStudent said:

Great post.

Says to no one in particular: I was under the impression that there are zero injury reporting obligations until the regular season starts?

That's what I got from Anarchy's post above. I was unaware of that. It's interesting. In that case I'd go back and say #1 is likely the scenario and whomever gave the 10 day timeline was full of garbage. 

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1 minute ago, SeniorVBDStudent said:

Having scanned the web, I found it interesting that the two sources pre-draft most often cited for "concerns about Sony Michel" were Michael Lombardi and Mike Mayock.

Let that sink in for a minute.

 

So what does that mean?

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Let me preface the following as one reporter raising the specter of concern over Michel's status and it is nothing more than speculation about something that COULD happen and not that it will happen. But when I see someone whose job is to cover the team, and I see the following, I at least listen and give pause that something potentially isn't right.

Buried at the end of an article from the other day . . .

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Injuries are starting to become a concern for a few veterans. Matthew Slater hasn’t been on the field in about a month and if it is a hamstring injury, that could be bad news since he never really recovered from the one he suffered last year. Trey Flowers and Rex Burkhead are two other players to watch, as they haven’t been full participants in practice lately or played in any of the games. Sony Michel hasn’t even been out on the field for walkthroughs, so at this point he could even be considered as a player to be placed on injured reserve with the chance to return to open the year.

Again, this could be nothing, but it caught my attention. If nothing else, it further highlights that those considering Michel in redraft need to proceed with caution.

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1 minute ago, mere blitzianity said:

He's back for now, but he has a lot to learn and that knee issue could linger most of the season. I love his talent, but let's see him make it through a week of practice. 

For sure, there are still some odds stacked against him but it's a big step in the right direction today.

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