Sony Michel had to lose weight after foot surgery, but now 'looks good'

Ryan Hannable
September 02, 2020 - 12:26 pm

Patriots running back Sony Michel started the summer on PUP following foot surgery this offseason, but returned to the field a week ago.

Part of the delay to getting back on the field could have been due to some weight put on following the surgery.

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“He got heavy after the surgery and he had to get back down,” Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears said to reporters via video conference Wednesday. “So yes, he’s worked on it. He worked on it hard and got back to where he needed to be.”

Fears noted Michel looks good following the surgery and now the team is focused on getting him ready for the season.

“He’s got fresh legs,” he said. “We have to beat on him a little bit more first, and then we’ll see what he has going. He’s coming back off after missing the first 2 1/2, three weeks of training camp — hell yeah, he’s going to be fresh and quick.

“His weight is good, no doubt. We’ve worked hard on that. He looks good. He doesn’t show any signs of slowing down from the injury, anything along those lines. We just have to finish getting him ready for a season. That takes a little more beating on.”

Michel is part of a crowded Patriots backfield that includes Damien Harris, Rex Burkhead, James White, Lamar Miller and J.J. Taylor.

The third-year back seems to be competing with Harris for the No. 1 role, as he looked good in Michel's absence.

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