BOSTON (CBS) — When Sony Michel went twisting down the turf on Sunday, losing the football in the process, it did not look good for the rookie running back. It looked even worse when he needed to be helped to the sideline and then carted to the locker room. That scenario made the matter seem like a worst-case scenario for Michel and the Patriots.

But that scenario appears to have been avoided.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday afternoon that an MRI revealed no structural damage for Michel. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Michel shouldn’t be expected to miss too much time.

Earlier Monday, Rapoport said on “Good Morning Football” that while there remained some “mystery” on the specifics of the injury, it was possible that Michel has avoided a season-ending injury. That report was confirmed later in the day.

Rapoport noted that while it is the same knee that Michel injured in college, “The Patriots were fine on him medically coming out of the draft.”

Michel has rushed for 422 yards and four touchdowns on 95 attempts this season, after missing training camp and the preseason following a knee procedure.

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