Patriots RB Michel gets knee drained

New England Patriots running back Sony Michel had his knee drained and is expected to miss at least 10 days.Photo: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

Patriots rookie running back Sony Michel underwent a procedure to drain fluid from his knee

New England Patriots rookie running back Sony Michel underwent a procedure to drain fluid from his knee after leaving practice on Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for at least 10 days, ESPN reported on Saturday.

According to ESPN, getting his knee drained is more a of a cleanup to address some pre-existing conditions.

Michel's recovery could go beyond 10 days but is not expected to impact his availability for the regular season.

He was injured Wednesday in New England's sixth practice of training camp. He exited the field under his own power before going to the locker room.

Michel was New England's first-round pick (No. 31 overall) out of Georgia and left the SEC Championship game against Auburn in December with a sprained left knee. He returned to play in the final two games, the Rose Bowl and National championship game.

Michel is expected to see time with Rex Burkhead and James White as New England lost Dion Lewis, who signed as a free agent with the Tennessee Titans in the offseason.

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