Mitchell (shoulder) is ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder and hand surgery, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Mitchell hasn't missed a game either of the past two seasons, but underwent shoulder surgery this offseason to repair a torn labrum that seemed to plague him during the conclusion of the 2015 campaign. The veteran went under the knife in December, and initially planned on taking his rehab slow, so to not take any risks before training camp, but he quickly progressed ahead of schedule in his recovery, and fully participated in June's minicamp just over four months removed from surgery. Mitchell should be full-go for the commencement of training camp come July 28.
Mitchell confirmed Friday that he's had surgery on his left shoulder and left hand this offseason, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Mitchell has been afflicted by injury throughout his two seasons with the Steelers, but no DNPs dot his game log during that stretch. In 2015, he racked up a career-high 80 tackles (58 solo), while contributing three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. It's unclear if he'll be ready for the start of the offseason program in April, but his availability for the 2016 season doesn't appear to be in peril.
Mitchell recorded four tackles (one solo) against the Broncos on Sunday. Mitchell finished the season third on the team with 80 tackles (58) and nine passes defended. He also led the defense with three interceptions, and shared the lead with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. This is the player the Steelers thought they were getting when they signed Mitchell to a five year, $25 million deal as a free agent from the Panthers in 2014. With three years remaining on that contract, Mitchell will be back next season, looking to extend his consecutive regular season games started streak, currently at 46, which is the sixth longest active consecutive games played streak among for an NFL free safety.
Mitchell (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game at Baltimore. With 70 total tackles so far, Mitchell is having a solid all-around season and will be looking for his fourth interception of the season against Jimmy Clausen in this game.
Mitchell (shoulder) had six tackles (five solo) and a fumble recovery in the Steelers win over the Broncos on Sunday. The fumble recovery was the fifth of Mitchell's career, and second of 2015 to match a single-season career high. He also has three interceptions on the season, and will face Baltimore quarterback Jimmy Clausen, who has four interceptions in four games, in Week 16.
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