Maybe Sony Michel's offseason foot surgery was more serious than first thought.
According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, it's no sure thing Michel will be ready for the start of the regular season.
“There’s such an uncertain nature in the recovery from any foot surgery that it can be a challenge to predict a defined timeline. But right now, Michel is not on the doorstep," he wrote Tuesday.
Michel is currently on the PUP list, which makes it seem very unlikely he will be on the field with the rest of his teammates next week when the team begins full padded practices.
As we wrote Tuesday, Michel's recovery timetable could have played a role into why the Patriots added running back Lamar Miller this week.
Besides Michel and Miller, the Patriots have Rex Burkhead, James White, Damien Harris and J.J.Taylor at the position.