Report: Michel out at least 10 days after knee procedure

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Patriots first-round pick Sony Michel will be out at least 10 days after having a procedure to drain fluid from his knee, according to an ESPN report.

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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.

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.

The Patriots open the preseason schedule this Thursday against the Washington Redskins at Gillette Stadium.

Earlier, Jeff Howe of the Athletic had reported that it was a minor knee issue for Michel, the running back from Georgia who was the 31st overall pick. 

Before the draft, Michael Lombardi, the former Patriots staffer with close ties to Bill Belichick, said on a podcast for The Ringer that Michel had a bone-on-bone knee condition. Michel had an ACL tear in high school in 2011 and injured his knee again in the Southeastern Conference championship game last season but returned for the Rose Bowl and the college football championship game loss to Alabama.

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