Sony Michel

Los Angeles Chargers
Running Back #1
Los Angeles Chargers
Running Back #1

Sony Michel News

Waived Saturday

Michel was waived by the Chargers on Saturday.

Analysis: Michel had been a healthy inactive since Week 12, so Saturday's designation is hardly surprising. It's possible the veteran could get claimed by a running-back needy playoff team before the end of the season.

Dec 31, 2022 1:11 PM EST

Inactive again

Michel (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday night's game against the Colts.

Analysis: With Isaiah Spiller also inactive, the Chargers' Week 16 backfield duties will be handled by Austin Ekeler, Joshua Kelley and Larry Rountree. Michel last saw game action in Week 11.

Dec 26, 2022 4:04 PM EST

Remains out Week 15

Michel (coach's decision) has been ruled inactive for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Analysis: Michel was ruled a healthy scratch for the fourth game in a row, as he saw his offensive playing time dwindle in each of his last four appearances. It's likely he'll continue to remain sidelined barring any injuries to Austin Ekeler, Joshua Kelley and/or Isaiah Spiller moving forward.

Dec 18, 2022 12:18 PM EST

Inactive once again

Michel (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Michel is now slated to miss his second contest in a row due to a coach's decision. Austin Ekeler will likely command most of Los Angeles' backfield work in Week 13, while Joshua Kelley and Isaiah Spiller should be in the mix for complementary snaps.

Dec 4, 2022 12:14 PM EST

Inactive Sunday

Michel is inactive for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Analysis: With Joshua Kelley back from IR, Michel is the odd man out in the Chargers' Week 12 backfield, which also includes starter Austin Ekeler as well as Isaiah Spiller.

Nov 27, 2022 11:47 AM EST

Gets just one carry in Week 11

Michel rushed for one yard on one carry and did not see any receiving targets in Sunday's Week 11 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Michel logged just five offensive snaps in the contest, well behind the 45 snaps that went to Austin Ekeler and the 16 seen by Isaiah Spiller. With just three carries and one receiving target over his past three games combined, it's clear that Michel is not slated for a major role in the Chargers' offense for the time being.

Nov 22, 2022 4:45 PM EST

Nearly absent again

Michel tallied carried the ball once for two yards in the 22-16 loss Sunday to the 49ers.

Analysis: Michel played eight snaps to Isaiah Spiller's 10, but neither back was able to muster much on the ground. At this point it's clear the veteran is on the wrong side of a backup platoon, and it probably won't get more fruitful with Joshua Kelley (knee) likely coming off injured reserve soon.

Nov 14, 2022 10:08 AM EST

Bumped down depth chart

Michel carried the ball once for 12 yards in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Falcons. He did not catch his only target.

Analysis: Michel played 11 snaps to Isaiah Spiller's 13, but the rookie turned those opportunities into seven carries, a role the veteran previously seemed to occupy earlier this season. At this point it's clear Michel is no better than No. 3 on the depth chart, and it's possible he could fall even further with Joshua Kelley (knee) eligible to return off injured reserve in two weeks.

Nov 8, 2022 5:47 AM EST

Game script limits snaps

Michel carried the ball twice for five yards and caught just one of his three targets for eight yards in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: The score was 17-0 before the Chargers put together their first scoring drive essentially capping Michel's opportunities within the first 15 minutes. The backup at least outsnapped rookie Isaiah Spiller 13 to four in the wake of Joshua Kelley's (knee) absence, but it's hard to really draw many conclusions about the backup job given the blowout nature of this game.

Oct 24, 2022 6:53 PM EST

Steps in as key backup

Michel tallied eight carries for 28 yards and caught all three of his targets for 14 yards in the 19-16 win over the Broncos on Monday.

Analysis: It appeared last week that Joshua Kelley had officially outplayed Michel for the backup job after previously platooning the position to begin the season, but Kelley immediately suffered a knee injury, which prompted the veteran to see a much larger snap share. While Michel still didn't explode for any big runs, he was primarily the team's short-yardage option, obviously impacting the yards per attempt. More information regarding the severity of Kelley's knee injury will likely emerge in the coming days, but if the third-year back is out for an extended time, Michel could once again find himself in a timeshare, but this time with rookie Isaiah Spiller, who has been a healthy inactive for most of this season.

Oct 17, 2022 9:14 PM EST

Nearly absent in box score

Michel carried the ball once in the 30-28 win Sunday over the Browns.

Analysis: It's entirely possible the Chargers were simply riding the hot hand, but in a game in which Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley combined to tally 26 carries, Michel seeing just one against a pitiful Browns run defense is telling. Even more alarming, Michel saw just two snaps total whereas Kelley tallied 27 in what had been otherwise a relatively even platoon split at backup running back. At this point, Michel's value may only be as a backup plan to Kelley in the event Ekeler were to miss time, elevating the aforementioned third-year player into a more relevant role.

Oct 11, 2022 12:26 PM EST

Ineffective in win

Michel tallied six carries for 11 yards in Sunday's 34-24 win over the Texans. He also caught all three of his targets for 16 yards.

Analysis: Michel only played 17 offensive snaps, combining with Joshua Kelley (14 snaps) to reprieve Austin Ekeler who scored three touchdowns and tallied 100-plus total yards in a dominant performance. Through four games, the veteran is averaging an abysmal 2.6 yards per carry, but he's clearly defined as the between-the-tackles substitute for Ekeler compared to Kelley who has been a bit more flexible as a backup in the Chargers scheme.

Oct 3, 2022 6:54 PM EST

Leads team in rushing

Michel tallied five carries for 22 yards and also caught one of his two targets for nine yards in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Jaguars.

Analysis: Michel actually led the team in rushing yards as Austin Ekeler (four carries, five yards) was completely kept in check, but with the score quickly spiraling out of control, the Chargers completely abandoned the run early in the contest. Joshua Kelley (one carry, negative three yards) had been the nominal No. 2 running back in the previous two weeks, but it's possible any sort of normal rotation was eschewed given the lopsided score.

Sep 25, 2022 8:13 PM EST

Garners five touches in loss

Michel carried the ball four times for 13 yards in Thursday's 27-24 loss to the Chiefs. He also corralled his only target for six yards.

Analysis: Michel only played nine offensive snaps total, which makes his usage all the more surprising. The veteran tailback is currently embroiled in a time split with Joshua Kelley for the backup role behind starter Austin Ekeler. It's possible Isaiah Spiller could also get into the mix as the season progresses, although the rookie fourth-round pick has been a healthy scratch each of the first two weeks.

Sep 16, 2022 8:21 AM EST

Does little in win

Michel tallied seven carries for 12 yards in Sunday's 24-19 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

Analysis: Michel split playing time with Joshua Kelley almost evenly as the incumbent saw 18 snaps compared to the veteran's 16, but it was Michel who drew the most carries. Kelley did see more work as a receiver (two targets), but it's possible with more time learning the Chargers' pass blocking schemes Michel could eventually usurp that role too.

Sep 13, 2022 8:11 AM EST

No. 3 running back Sunday

Michel is slated to work as the Chargers' No. 3 running back behind Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley for Sunday's Week 1 clash against the Raiders after rookie Isaiah Spiller was deemed a healthy scratch for the contest, per Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times.

Analysis: The veteran just signed with Los Angeles on Aug. 31, but the Chargers will turn to Michel over Spiller, who missed time with an ankle injury in recent weeks, to open the campaign. Michel's role could be very limited anyhow, considering the expected workload Ekeler, and to a lesser extent, Kelley, will likely shoulder.

Sep 11, 2022 12:11 PM EST

Signing with Chargers

Michel is signing with the Chargers, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: The Chargers seemingly aren't thrilled with backup RBs Joshua Kelley, Larry Rountree and Isaiah Spiller, bringing in some late competition for carries behind Austin Ekeler. It's a role where Michel wouldn't have to do much more than the between-the-tackles running for which he's best suited, though it's not clear the 27-year-old would be much better than the youngsters. Spiller, a rookie fourth-round pick, is the one who generated the most fantasy interest throughout the offseason, and probably the only one of the bunch with potential to be more than a two-down plodder.

Aug 31, 2022 10:58 AM EST

Set to visit Chargers

Michel is slated to meet with the Chargers on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After being let go by the Dolphins on Monday, it looks like Michel could find his next team in short order. If he signs with the Chargers, the 27-year-old would find himself in the backup mix behind Austin Ekeler, joining a backfield that also currently includes Joshua Kelley, Isaiah Spiller and Larry Rountree.

Aug 31, 2022 5:30 AM EST

Odd man out in Miami backfield

The Dolphins released Michel on Monday.

Analysis: In a crowded Miami backfield that included four other veteran options in Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert, Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed, Michel was unable to distinguish himself enough in training camp and the preseason to stick around in a depth role. Michel's lack of polish as a pass catcher and his inability to contribute on special teams likely worked against him in his battle for a roster spot with Miami, but another team could view the 27-year-old as an ideal sub off the bench in short-yardage situations.

Aug 29, 2022 1:39 PM EST

Second running back in Saturday

Michel rushed two times for no gain in the Dolphins' 15-13 preseason loss to the Raiders on Saturday night.

Analysis: Michel took over for Chase Edmonds during the Dolphins' second drive of the game, but as his final line implies, he had minimal impact. Meanwhile, his primary competition for the No. 3 running back job, incumbent Myles Gaskin, logged five touches overall but gained just 12 yards, so the competition for the role, which arguably also includes Salvon Ahmed, appears set to extend into next Saturday night's exhibition finale against the Eagles.

Aug 20, 2022 8:44 PM EST

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