Sony Michel downgraded to out for Monday’s game

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Two planes are taking the Patriots to Kansas City for Monday night’s game against the Chiefs, but running back Sony Michel isn’t on either one of them.

The Patriots announced that Michel, who leads the team with 173 rushing yards, has been downgraded to out for the contest. He was listed as questionable on Friday with a quad injury after three days of limited practices last week.

Michel’s absence will leave the Patriots without their two leading rushers as quarterback Cam Newton will not be playing after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Patriots will be getting James White back after he missed two games to be with his family following the death of his father. Rex Burkhead and J.J. Taylor are also on hand in the backfield.

8 responses to “Sony Michel downgraded to out for Monday’s game

  1. We are without our starting QB and top 2 rushers against the best offense in the NFL. This isn’t going to go well.

    The only hope is that they play Stidham, who’s somewhat mobile, and he plays well. If Hoyer starts, that’s a bad sign for both Stidham’s future and the Patriots’ chance tonight.

  2. The Patriots are at such a huge competitive disadvantage for this game. It should have been postponed until later in the season. What’s the rush to play it? And despite the negative tests, Patriots players could still be infected with the virus. If Cam Newton infected any one of them, a positive test may not show until Tuesday or Wednesday and any one of them could still be shedding the virus during the game tonight. Just another way to stick it to the Pats

  3. “Despite the negative test players could still be infected with the virus. If Cam Newton infected any one of them, a positive test may not show until Tuesday or Wednesday and any one of them could still be shedding the virus during the game tonight. Just another way to stick it to the Pats”

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    Exactly! Putting not only New England players at risk , but Kansas City players too!

  4. At this point, BB should just put in the backups. Traveling on game day, backup QB, backup RB–what next?

  5. The Pats are at a competitive disadvantage, but let’s face it, they would probably lose this game under any circumstances. It will be interesting to see if DWilliams is active for the game. I also think BB may pull a rabbit out of his hat and start Stidham. Although Hoyer is a more experienced and accomplished QB right now, Stidham may be more equipped to run the offense they installed for Newton.

  6. Stidham hasn’t been active all season. No reason to put him out there tonight since Hoyer has been the one taking the back up reps. I want to see Stud, but not at the cost of the team or himself.
    As for the game, yeah from everything I’ve gathered, it’s a very possible five day window. If after this game is played, no more Patriots come up positive, I will be surprised. As for Pats being at a disadvantage, it is what it is in the covid days.

  7. Practice squad players get to practice, whether they’re active or not. Nothing says Stidham gets less reps than Hoyer. Neither one prob gets many. Since Stidham is more mobile, he may have a better chance

  8. It should still be a competitive game. I don’t see a blow out here especially given the Chiefs needed an OT to beat a Chargers team with a rookie QB in his first NFL start.

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