BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots are already down their starting quarterback for Monday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Now they’ll be without running back Sony Michel.
Michel was ruled out for Monday night’s game before as the team left for Kansas City, and was placed on IR Monday afternoon. The running back will now miss at least the next three games.
Michel was tabbed as questionable with a quad injury on Friday’s injury report. His absence Monday is another big blow for the Patriots, with Michel coming off his best game since his rookie season, rushing for 117 yards on nine carries last weekend against the Las Vegas Raiders. Michel has 173 rushing yards and a touchdown for the season.
With Newton and Michel — two of their top runners — out for the game, the Patriots rush attack will rely heavily on Rex Burkhead, James White and rookie JJ Taylor. The Patriots also activated running back Damien Harris off IR ahead of Monday night’s game.
With Newton out, New England will start backup Brian Hoyer at quarterback.