EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Patriots running back Sony Michel was injured early in the third quarter of New England’s game against the Jets Sunday.
Michel missed the rest of the series he was injured on, which ended in a field goal, and the following Patriots drive, but returned with 13:23 left in the fourth quarter.
Michel got twisted up on a run up the middle trying to convert a third-and-1 from the Jets 11-yard line. Michel’s back bent awkwardly as he went to the ground and he remained down for about a minute before two trainers helped him up and supported him as they walked off the field.
Michel had been a big part of the Patriots offensive game plan against the Jets up to that point. He was averaging 5.8 yards per carry on 16 carries and had just broken off a 31-yard run. Michel’s numbers would have been even better had multiple big runs not been wiped away by penalties.
The Patriots have had their best games on offense – 38 points against the Dolphins and Colts, 43 points against the Chiefs – when Michel has been healthy. He missed two games in Weeks 8 and 9 with a knee injury and was eased back into the Patriots’ last game, against the Titans. It was looking as though Michel was back to his pre-injury usage and strength through the first half of the game Sunday.