Patriots' Sony Michel's knee injury 'not considered serious'

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Watch above for Ian Rapoport's latest on Gronkowski's back injury, which cropped up late in the week and forced Gronk to stay in New England as the Patriots traveled to Chicago.

Many initially feared the worst for the rookie running back, but reports began trickling in Monday suggesting the injury wasn't as bad as it looked.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski missed the Patriots' 38-31 win over the Bears with ankle and back injuries.

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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". At this point, someone close to Michel's situation texted the following to ESPN's Adam Schefter: "Expect it will be a little bit, but not overly serious".

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. Should that happen, the Patriots - who already are thin at running back - may want to consider adding some backfield depth.

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