Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England tweeted shortly before 5 p.m. that second-year wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will be placed on injured reserve due to his knee injury.
This comes on the heels of the team losing Julian Edelman to a torn ACL he suffered during the exhibition slate.
Mitchell’s season is not a complete loss, though. Mitchell and Dorsett aren’t exactly the same – Dorsett is a more explosive athlete than Mitchell, which is in part why Dorsett was a former first-round pick and Mitchell was a fourth-rounder.
Unfortunately, knee injuries have been a problem for him since before his rookie year, and now it appears a new issue could keep him off the field.
From Week 10 through Week 13, Mitchell was targeted 27 times in the passing game. He must spend at least eight weeks on IR before he’ll be eligible to play in a game, but can practice after six weeks. He finished with four touchdown receptions which tied Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola for third on the team during the regular season.
He then came through with six catches for 70 yards in the Super Bowl LI win over the Atlanta Falcons.
It’s worth noting that New England recently traded quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the Colts for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, who could see an increased role in Mitchell’s absence.
With the Pats and Chiefs set to kick off the National Football League season Thursday night, it won’t be long before fans see how the Pats deal with the attrition to Tom Brady’s targets in the passing game.