Mitchell’s Status Up in the Air After Procedure
By Kevin Duffy
New England Patriots receiver Malcolm Mitchell underwent a procedure on Monday to determine the extent and cause of discomfort in his knee, according to a source.
Mitchell is not currently on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, but his status appears to be in doubt.
The Pats are expected to make a determination on Mitchell’s future in the next 24-48 hours, the source said. The team will hold its first training camp practice on Thursday.
Mitchell, who is entering his third NFL season, was on injured reserve for the entire 2017 regular season. He began practicing late in the year, but was never moved to the active roster.
Mitchell enjoyed a terrific rookie season in 2016, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady’s top options. He caught six passes for 70 yards in New England’s thrilling Super Bowl victory over Atlanta. But Mitchell missed offseason workouts as he entered his second year, and he never looked 100 percent in training camp. He appeared to be experiencing discomfort in his right knee during the team’s second preseason game against the Texans. Mitchell has not played in a game since then.
A fourth-round pick two years ago, Mitchell had knee issues dating back to his college days at the University of Georgia. He suffered a torn ACL in 2013 and underwent an additional surgery in the summer of 2014.
A source confirmed that the Patriots have attempted to shop Mitchell in trade talks as the preseason nears.