Sony Michel will be making his long-awaited return on Sunday.
Sources tell NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that the New England Patriots running back will be activated from injured reserve and is set to play on Sunday vs. the Houston Texans.
Michel hasn’t played since Week 3 and was placed on IR on Oct. 5 with a quad injury.
Damien Harris has carved out a valuable role in Michel’s absence. The second-year RB leads the team with 471 rushing yards and 85 attempts. Harris is coming off his best game of the season against the Ravens, where he ran for a season-high 121 yards, which was his third 100-plus yard game in his six games played this year.
Michel totaled 173 yards on 26 attempts in his three games this season. How New England handles a healthy backfield going forward remains to be seen, but a running back by committee approach has been typical for Bill Belichick-ran teams in recent years.
In a corresponding move, the Patriots are waiving offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt, according to Rapoport. In other roster news, the Patriots have officially ruled out defensive tackle Adam Butler and running back J.J. Taylor for Sunday’s game at Houston.
Here’s other injuries and roster news we’re tracking on Saturday:
- Tennessee Titans pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is being placed on injured reserve. The team also placed cornerback Kareem Orr (groin) on IR. In corresponding moves, the teams elevated linebackers Will Compton and Tuzar Skipper to the game day roster but will revert back to the practice squad following Sunday’s game. Defensive back Greg Mabin was also elevated from the practice squad to the active roster.
- Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (foot) has been placed on injured reserve and will miss at least three more games. The team also announced it has elevated guard Quinton Spain and cornerback Jalen Davis from the practice squad to the active roster. In other news, rookie wide receiver Tee Higgins was fined $9,291 for unsportsmanlike conduct after dunking the ball over the crossbar in a TD celebration last Sunday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports..
- Cleveland Browns tackle Jack Conklin and kicker Cody Parkey have been activated from the reserve/COVID list, clearing their way for a return on Sunday. The team also announced they have elevated guard Michael Dunn, defensive end Cameron Malveaux, and fullback Johnny Stanton from the practice squad.
- Houston Texans defensive back Michael Thomas has a torn pectoral and will undergo season-ending surgery, sources tell NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Thomas tweeted on Saturday morning that surgery “went well.” Thomas sustained the injury during last week’s loss to the Browns but managed to finish the game. The seven-year veteran is set to hit free agency this spring with plenty of time to get healthy.
- Green Bay Packers punter J.K. Scott (personal matter) and cornerback Kevin King (Achilles) have been added to the injury report and are questionable for Sunday vs. the Colts.
- The Washington Football Team is promoting Cole Luke from the practice squad and signing the cornerback to the active roster, Rapoport reports, per his agents.
- The Indianapolis Colts have elevated defensive end Cassius Marsh and defensive tackle Rob Windsor from the practice squad to the active roster. The team also elevated center Joey Hunt to the active roster as a COVID-19 replacement.
- The Carolina Panthers have signed linebacker Chris Orr to the active roster. In a corresponding move, the Panthers waived linebacker Sean Chandler. The Panthers also elevated defensive back Natrell Jamerson from the practice squad to the active roster and signed kicker Taylor Bertolet and linebacker Daniel Bituli to its practice squad.
- The Philadelphia Eagles have elevated running back Elijah Holyfield from the practice squad to the active roster. The team also elevated defensive tackle T.Y. McGill, defensive end Joe Ostman and tight end Caleb Wilson from the practice squad as COVID-19 replacements.
- The Arizona Cardinals have released tight end Evan Baylis and linebacker Reggie Walker.