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Patriots to face Chiefs without leading rusher Sony Michel in addition to Cam Newton

The New England Patriots will take on the Kansas City Chiefs without their leading rusher as well as their starting quarterback.

On Monday morning, the Patriots flew to Kansas City, but did so without Sony Michel. The Patriots ruled the running back out after he was limited last week with a quad injury. 

New England now will be without its starting backfield after Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19. With Brian Hoyer likely to get the start, the run game figures to be a big factor for the Patriots inside Arrowhead Stadium. Through three weeks, Michel led the Patriots in rushing with 173 yards to go with one touchdown.

Michel is coming off his best game in a while after rushing for 117 yards on nine carries against the Las Vegas Raiders. Without him, the Patriots have Rex Burkhead, James White and J.J. Taylor on the roster, but could get some help.

New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) runs with the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. (Photo: Brian Fluharty, USA TODAY Sports)

The Pats can activate Damien Harris off the injured reserve today. Harris had a phenomenal training camp and looked like the team’s potential starter before a hand injury set him back.

The Patriots took two fights to Kansas City on Monday after the team tested negative for COVID for the third-straight day. The plan, according to multiple reports, was to put players and staff who were in close contact with Newton on one plane and the rest of the players and staff on the other.

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