Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel continue practicing, game status to be determined

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The Patriots kept four running backs and a fullback on their 53-man roster, but a couple of the backs are less than sure things to be ready to play against the Texans on Sunday.

Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel both dealt with knee injuries this summer before finding their way back to the practice field in the last few weeks. They both did team drills on Tuesday and running backs coach Ivan Fears said he thought the players could play this week despite relatively little work in the preseason.

Fears said he thinks Michel, a first-round pick this April, “seems to be into everything we’re doing” while noting that he has yet to show that’s the case in a game scenario. He also said he has “no doubt” Burkhead will be ready to go if cleared physically, but doesn’t know if that will be the case.

“I hope so,” Fears said, via MassLive.com. “I don’t call that shot. I’m sure hoping so. I’d really like to have him here for this game.”

The Patriots will release their first injury report on Wednesday and that will provide some more information about the chances the two backs will be joining Jeremy Hill and James White this weekend.

22 responses to “Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel continue practicing, game status to be determined

  1. .
    A Tale of Two Starting RBs:

    Le’Veon Bell skips preseason and declines to sign his 14.5 million dollar tender.

    Jeremy Hill signs the ultimate “prove it” deal: a one-year contract that is worth a collective $1.5 million if he earns all of his incentives throughout the season. The only guaranteed money is the $150,000 signing bonus, 
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  2. Pats must be happy enough with Burkhead’s and Michel’s recoveries because soon after they returned to practice the team released Bolden. Burkhead won’t need much getting up to speed.

  3. If we’re going into the game 4 WRs deep, we’d better have some receiving backs available. I think we’ll see some innovative gameplans, that’s one thing about the Pats, they’re set up to be versatile and to play whatever style they think works best against your schemes and personnel.

  4. Be interesting to see who the Pats make available for the opener…..I sure hope that if either of them isn’t 100% that they think long term & keep them off the field….. Hill & James white should be able to handle the reps….
    Go Pats!!!!

  5. In reading previous stories about Michel his knee seems to be a question. With this injury, I hope the Pats err on the side of caution and keep him on the sideline until he is 100%

  6. Michel was a huge reach and will be just another guy in a long line of BB high-draft pick major busts.

    On a side note, the PEDtriots seem to have way more injuries than usual this offseason. No coincidence that Alex G was given a restraining order by Billy.

  7. streetyson says:
    September 5, 2018 at 8:19 am
    Pats must be happy enough with Burkhead’s and Michel’s recoveries because soon after they returned to practice the team released Bolden. Burkhead won’t need much getting up to speed.

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    How dare you use logic to fend off troll media ad hater logic? Haters in for a very rude awakening especially with likely the best RB group in the conference in Pony sets, hopefully, a lot more this year than in year’s past, all but reducing the need for a slot WR.

    James White or Burkhead would become the defacto “slot” player in that formation.

    I wouldn’t be shocked that BB hid Michel away this preseason, outside of the knee procedure. That was certainly real, but I also think they’ve been cautious because they are so sold on him.

    I’ve never seen Fears so complimentary and vocal about a rookie RB before.

  8. LOL…. same trolls flocking to a Pats story….. they are quite amusing…… man it must really stink to be so down on their own loser teams to have to find some form of excitement by moaning about the Patriots all year long…….LOL
    THE ONLY DRAWBACK, THEIR TEARS ARE STARTING TO DILUTE MY BEER!!!! LOL!!!!!
    Go Pats!!??

  9. shadywarrior says:
    September 5, 2018 at 8:26 am
    If we’re going into the game 4 WRs deep, we’d better have some receiving backs available. I think we’ll see some innovative gameplans, that’s one thing about the Pats, they’re set up to be versatile and to play whatever style they think works best against your schemes and personnel.

    28 4 Rate This

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    Keep in mind, Hollister, who they clearly like at 240 lbs is like a big receiver. It doesn’t really matter what the positional designation is. It matters what the skill set is and the match up.

    Hollister and the backs will be a nightmare for LBs.

    Last time I checked, Houston has an issue in that area.

  10. The feedback from beat writers that have actually seen SMichel practice is not good. Bedard smells massive bust. We shall see. Outside of Gronk, Pats draft record with players that have injury histories is abysmal. Maroney pt 2?

  11. vikesr4reel says:
    September 5, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Can they catch those wounded duck 2 yard passes?

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    It might be time to finally upgrade from you 1978 Sinclair — Model MTV-1 – 2 inch screen. Seems to be making 40 yard passes look like they are only going 2 inches.

  12. Murph, BB didn’t draft him but Curtis Martin was a 3rd round pick due to injury and he’s an HOF.

    Cannon was a late round pick due to injury.

    Solder had injury issues pre-draft.

    You’re right that plenty of picks on injured guys didn’t pan out but Martin, Gronk, Solder and Cannon are four big hits.

  13. Let’s not forget the guys with injury histories he didn’t have to draft like Dion Lewis.

  14. It’s hard to draft Blue Chip Talent when you’re drafting at the back of the line every year unless you take chances on guys other teams passed on.

  15. Curtis Martin was drafted 23 yrs ago by BParcells.

    Cannon played all 4 yrs in college but slid in the draft after a very curable form of cancer was detected at the combine.

    Solder did not miss a game in college after being moved from TE to OL(3 yrs).

    Lewis had one injury as a pro(broken leg) before being signed by the Pats on MLombardi’s recommendation.

    I’m talking about guys like DEasley, MMitchell and BTate for example. And possibly SMichel, who GBedard says has not remotely resembled 1rst rnd talent in very limited time on the field.

  16. Sony was a star at the high school level, & a blue chip recruite in college… he was a team captain & ran for over 7 yds a carry in his senior year….
    As long as his injury issue doesn’t turn into an ongoing thing, I believe he’ll be a star RB in the NFL…..
    As far as a reporter dissing him in practice while recovering from surgery goes, I hold absolutely no value in that….as a matter of fact there are very few reporters I hold any respect for…… it’s all sensationalism & what-ifs……anything to get popular or hits on a story…..
    The kid hasn’t even played a down yet in the NFL….. let’s just all put things in perspective here & let his play on the field THRUOUT THE SEASON speak for itself!!!!

  17. I never would take a RB in the 1st rd always find them Later. Sony needs a chance like always players. A bust to me a player who does not Perform when gets a chance to play.
    If always Hurt fails to perform that injury prone. If Sony fails Mayb Webb be the Surprise player at some point.

  18. The Pats have been ROBBED of 2 – 1st rounders & a 4th for being so good for so long….. they pick at the end of every round on a consistent basis….
    They have to CONSTANTLY manipulate the draft boar & yes they do reach at times & they sometimes make questionable decisions that we as fans don’t always understand……all that being said, I couldn’t be happier with the overall outcome…..The Patriots Organization does things that are LONG TERM oriented on so many levels it’s almost beyond comprehension……
    Players get hurt…. that stinks but that’s the nature of the beast….I’m still very excited/nervous to see how the QB situation plays out…..it’s what keeps us on the edge of our seats in Patriot Nation…..for the Pats not to go after a QB in last years draft, I HAVE TO BELIEVE that Brady will be locked up another 3-4 years after this season & they will SOON go ALL IN to draft a guy they are very high on…..
    Until all that happens, I’m just going to continue to enjoy the ride!!!!
    Go Pats!!!!!

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