Perhaps a little earlier than expected, Patriots running back Sony Michel came off PUP and returned to the practice field this week.
Speaking via video conference after Friday's "game simulation," the third-year back discussed returning to the field following offseason foot surgery.
"I'm feeling good," he said. "It's just a blessing that I'm able to get back on the field. I'm just working hard and doing what I have to do to sustain that."
Michel added: "Certain things I dealt with in the offseason, I kind of had to handle it so I could be able to get to on the field at this point. I did everything that I needed to do, and I'm here now."
Now that he's back on the field, he's competing with second-year back Damien Harris for playing time. While Michel was out, Harris made the most of his opportunities and showed he's deserving of carries come the games.
"He goes out there and he just runs hard, and it's going to push me to run even harder," Michel said. "Him going out there and making plays would benefit the team, and (I want to do) whatever I can do to come in and do the same thing."
As for Michel being ready for Week 1, which is in two weeks, he has confidence in the team's coaches and medical staff.
"I believe in our staff that we have, from the training staff to the strength coaches to even the on-field coaches, that they're doing everything they can for me to get up to pace," Michel said. "However I feel when that time comes, we're trying to make sure I'm in the best shape possible, make sure my head's in the right place as far as the playbook and stuff, and I'm just trying to learn as much as I can."