Malcolm Mitchell Injury Updates

The Patriots have placed WR Malcolm Mitchell on IR with a knee injury. We don't have any other details, but it's certainly worth noting that Mitchell tore an ACL in 2013 and required another surgery on the same knee in 2014. We'll see if New England tabs him their "designated-to-return" player, but there's no reason to roster Mitchell in redraft leagues right now. Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola are locked in as New England's top 3 WRs.

ESPN's Mike Reiss notes that Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell has been "slowed" by a knee injury. Mitchell injured his right knee 2 separate times in college, including a torn ACL in 2013. "His availability at this time remains an unknown," Reiss adds. Mitchell finds more opportunity now with Julian Edelman's season-ending injury, but he obviously needs to get healthy.

Patriots WR Danny Amendola (ankle) put in a full practice on Wednesday, putting him on track to return for this weekend's game against the Texans. He's been out since Week 13. Amendola will join a crowded WR group that also includes Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Michael Floyd and potentially Malcolm Mitchell, who was limited on Wednesday with his knee injury.

Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell has missed the first 2 practices of the week with a knee injury. We don't have any other details, but it looks like he's in danger of missing Sunday's season finale vs. the Dolphins. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Patriots WR Danny Amendola suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's win over the Rams. He left the stadium on crutches and in a walking boot. We'll see how much we learn about the injury over the next few days. The only fantasy impact of an Amendola absence would be more snaps and targets for WRs Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan.

ESPN's Mike Reiss calls Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell the "leading candidate" for the team's "X" receiver role (1 of the outside spots.) The rookie has had a strong training camp and caught 4 balls in the preseason opener before suffering what turned out to be a minor elbow injury. Even if he hangs on to that spot, though, Mitchell will likely be no higher than 4th in the target pecking order. Reiss thinks theres a "chance" that Mitchell matches Aaron Dobson's 37 rookie-year catches. That would have ranked 64th among WRs last season. Mitchell is a fine late-rounder in best-ball leagues but will struggle for weekly reliability.

Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell was on the practice field Monday -- just 4 days after suffering what looked like a nasty injury. Turns out Mitchell "only" dislocated his elbow. He was sporting a "Gronk-sized protective casing" on the injured elbow, per insider Christopher Price. Mitchell will obviously be limited, but just being on the field and at least being involved mentally is good news for the rookie. We'll see if he can regain the momentum he was building before the injury.

Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell suffered a left elbow injury in Thursday night's preseason opener. It was a nasty looking injury that figures to cost the rookie a bunch of time. We'll look for further updates. Mitchell was having a nice debut before going down, hauling in 4 balls for 55 yards.


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