Mitchell officially announced his retirement at a University of Georgia event on Friday, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.
Mitchell wasn't able to play in an NFL game since his heroics during Super Bowl LI, as knee injuries effectively ended his career. The 2016 fourth-round pick will be fondly remembered by Patriots fans after tallying six catches for 70 yards in the aforementioned come-from-behind Super Bowl win, capping off a rookie season in which he caught 32 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns.
Mitchell underwent another surgery to address a chronic right knee issue in August, two days after he was released from the Patriots, Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald reports.
Mitchell, a 2016 fourth-round pick, has yet to play an NFL down since recording six receptions for 70 yards in the Patriots' comeback victory over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Knee concerns limited Mitchell during his college career at Georgia, and it appears the 26-year-old's health hasn't improved much since he entered the professional ranks. He's hopeful the latest knee procedure will allow him to return at full strength for the 2019 season, so look for him to perhaps surface in training camp with the Patriots or another team next summer.
The Patriots will release Mitchell (knee), Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
When healthy, the 2016 fourth-rounder is a heady wideout with solid route-running and ball skills. However, Mitchell has had trouble staying healthy as a pro, and his lingering knee woes have led to the Patriots moving on from the 25-year-old.
Mitchell (knee) is considered to be day-to-day, Jeff Howe of The Athletic Boston reports.
Mitchell received treatment on his injured right knee Monday. It remains to be seen whether he'll play in the team's first preseason contest against the Redskins on Aug. 9. Mitchell projects as a depth receiver and special teams asset for New England in 2018.
Mitchell (knee) was on the rehab field at Friday's practice, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
It's a small step in the right direction just four days after Mitchell had a minor non-surgical procedure on his troublesome knee. He avoided the PUP list for the start of training camp, but his participation has been limited to jogging, stretching and observing. The Patriots are rumored to be seeking a trade for Mitchell, though he probably wouldn't fetch anything more than a late-round pick. There is some potential for a significant role if he sticks with the team and gets healthy, as Julian Edelman's four-game suspension means that Chris Hogan is the only New England wideout assured of a Week 1 starting job.
The knee procedure Mitchell underwent recently was "more aimed at hoping to accelerate healing," per Ian Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The fact that Mitchell did not undergo major surgery on his balky knee is encouraging, but the Patriots nonetheless appear poised to move on from the 2016 fourth-rounder. Mitchell displayed promise as a rookie, but chronic knee issues have derailed his tenure with New England since then. Despite the fact that Julian Edelman is slated to serve a four-game suspension to start the season, Mitchell appears to be the odd man out in a deep wideout corps that also includes newcomers Jordan Matthews, Cordarrelle Patterson and 2017 late-season acquisition Kenny Britt. When available, Mitchell is a heady player whose route running and ball skills can be assets, but at this stage it looks like he'll likely be catching passes in a new locale this coming season, health permitting.
Mitchell (knee) underwent a procedure on his knee Monday and isn't expected to be on the field for the start of training camp, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports.
The procedure Mitchell underwent was reportedly an effort to determine the extent and cause of the knee injury that prevented the receiver from taking the field in 2017. While it's true that Mitchell is a promising prospect who flashed at times during his rookie year in 2016, the Patriots are rumored to be growing frustrated with his inability to stay on the field. In fact, Daniels indicated that if New England is unable to find a trade partner, it's possible Mitchell could be waived or released with an injury settlement before the start of the regular season.
Mitchell (knee) has been mentioned in trade talks, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
The Patriots probably wouldn't get anything more than a late-round pick, as Mitchell was limited to individual work during the offseason after missing all of 2017 with a knee injury. He did manage 8.4 yards per target and four touchdowns on 32 catches as a rookie fourth-round pick in 2016, serving as the team's No. 4 receiver during a Super Bowl run. The Patriots' willingness to deal Mitchell hints at some degree of confidence that Kenny Britt (hamstring), Phillip Dorsett and/or Cordarrelle Patterson can handle meaningful snaps at outside receiver. Julian Edelman's four-game suspension likely will give Jordan Matthews an opportunity to patrol the slot early in the year. Mitchell hasn't been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, but it's still unclear if he'll be a full participant when training camp opens Thursday.
Mitchell (knee) isn't sure if he will be ready for training camp, Steve Hewitt of The Boston Herald reports.
According to NESN's Zack Cox, Mitchell was limited to individual conditioning work at June minicamp after making just one brief appearance at OTAs in May. Despite missing the entire 2017 season and most of the offseason program this year, Mitchell should have the chance to earn a significant role if he's cleared to practice in July or August. With Julian Edelman facing a four-game suspension, Chris Hogan is the only Patriots wideout with a Week 1 starting job locked down. Mitchell hopes to compete with Jordan Matthews (knee), Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt, Cordarrelle Patterson and Braxton Berrios.
Mitchell (knee), who was on the practice field Monday, wasn't spotted during Tuesday's OTA session, Paul Perillo of the Patriots' official site reports.
Mitchell missed the entire 2017 season due to a lingering knee issue, so it's suspected that the Patriots are inclined to manage his reps at this stage. Assuming he proves his health, Mitchell will look to secure a role in the offense behind top wide receivers Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan. Also battling for depth chart slotting are Jordan Matthews, Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt, Cordarrelle Patterson and Braxton Berrios. Mitchell, a 2016 fourth-round pick, displayed promise as a rookie, but he isn't guaranteed anything heading into the coming season.
Mitchell (knee) remains on track to participate in Organized Team Activities in May, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
A 2016 fourth-round pick, Mitchell caught 32 of 48 targets for 401 yards (8.4 yards per target) and four touchdowns in 14 regular-season games as a rookie, but missed all of last season while recovering from a knee injury. He was spotted at a practice during the Patriots' playoff run, and he said in late February that he was feeling great and expects to be ready for the start of the offseason workout program in mid-April. Mitchell may have the opportunity to compete for a regular spot in three-wide formations after the Patriots lost Danny Amendola to the Dolphins and traded Brandin Cooks to the Rams. Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman (knee) are likely to occupy two of the three spots, assuming the latter makes a successful recovery from the torn ACL he suffered last year. Other candidates include Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt and Cordarrelle Patterson, with more help potentially coming after the 2018 NFL Draft.
Mitchell (knee) said Sunday that he's feeling great physically and expects to be at full strength for the start of the Patriots' offseason program, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. "This offseason will be big. Obviously I missed all of last season and I won't shy away from the importance of making sure I'm ready when we start OTAs," Mitchell said.
Mitchell suffered an unspecified right knee injury during the preseason and was placed on the Patriots' injured-reserve list just hours before the regular-season opener. The wideout was cleared to practice late in the season and designated to return from IR, but the Patriots never activated him after he failed to demonstrate enough progress in his recovery. Heading into his third NFL season, Mitchell isn't expected to face any limitations and will look to win a role as a No. 3 or 4 receiver for New England.
The Patriots won't activate Mitchell (knee) from injured reserve, ending his season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Mitchell's three-week window for activation from IR was scheduled to close Wednesday, and after appearing only a few times in drills during that stretch, the decision was likely an easy one for the Patriots to make. As a result, his second pro campaign will close without a single offensive snap due to a right knee injury suffered in the preseason.
Mitchell (knee) wasn't in attendance for the start of the Patriots' practice Wednesday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
By virtue of designating Mitchell to return from injured reserve three weeks ago, the Patriots must formally decide Wednesday whether or not to activate the wideout, who has been sidelined all season with a right knee injury. Though Mitchell was able to put in some practice time last week ahead of the Patriots' eventual victory over the Titans in the divisional round, his absence Wednesday hints that New England has opted to shut him down for good. Expect the team to provide an official announcement regarding Mitchell's status once practice concludes.
Mitchell (knee) won't play in Saturday's playoff game against the Titans since he wasn't activated off IR by Friday afternoon's deadline to do so, NESN.com reports.
Mitchell practiced Thursday, but he won't be activated in advance of the divisional round of the playoffs. Should the Patriots advance to the AFC Championship, the deadline to activate the wideout would be Wednesday afternoon. Though Mitchell isn't ready to return to action just yet, the Patriots have ample wide receiver depth heading into the weekend, with Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola, Kenny Britt and Phillip Dorsett all on hand.
Mitchell (knee) returned to practice Thursday, the Boston Herald reports.
The wideout is still on IR, so he's not listed on the Patriots' injury report ahead of Saturday's playoff game against the Titans. Mitchell can be activated to the team's 53-man roster at any time up until Wednesday, but we'd be surprised if that occurs in advance of this weekend's divisional-round playoff tilt.
Mitchell (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
Mitchell's continued absence from practice hints that it's possible the Patriots have shut the wideout down for the remainder of the season, but there's been no confirmation of such an outcome. The team has until Jan. 17 to activate Mitchell off injured reserve, but at this stage, it looks safe to assume that he won't be available for at least Saturday's divisional-round game against the Titans.
Mitchell (knee) wasn't present for the portion of Tuesday's practice available to the media, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.
Mitchell won't appear on the Patriots' official injury report since he remains on injured reserve, but his absence Tuesday seemingly doesn't bode well for his chances of being activated ahead of Saturday's divisional-round matchup with the Titans. The Patriots would still have until Jan. 17 to evaluate Mitchell for a potential return, though that would be a moot point if New England loses to Tennessee.
The Patriots didn't activate Mitchell (knee) from injured reserve ahead of their regular-season finale against the Jets, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
Mitchell, who has been sidelined all season with the right knee injury, returned to practice this week, but it appears he'll need additional time to shake off rust. Though he failed to suit up during the regular season, Mitchell remains eligible to rejoin the Patriots in the playoffs if the team determines he's healthy enough to contribute. The Patriots will have until Jan. 17 to add Mitchell to the 53-man roster.
Mitchell (knee) returned to practice Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
For now, Mitchell doesn't count toward the 53-man roster, but should the Patriots officially activate the 2016 fourth-rounder within the next three weeks, he would give the team some added depth at wideout in advance of the postseason. In his last game action in New England's Super Bowl LI victory over the Falcons, Mitchell hauled in six of seven targets for 70 yards.