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What's the latest on Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell?

Ryan Hannable
July 27, 2018 - 1:28 pm

FOXBORO -- It's been quite the week for Malcolm Mitchell.

First, on Monday there was a report claiming the Patriots were shopping him. Hours later there were reports he had a procedure on his knee that the hope was it would help speed up his recovery and eliminate the pain he's been experiencing. 

When speaking Wednesday, Bill Belichick called the trade rumors "media speculation" and then Mitchell wasn't present at the first training camp session Thursday. Friday, things were a little different, as he was on the field with the rest of his teammates, but then departed for the lower field with other rehabbing players.

According to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal, Mitchell is getting better following the procedure and is considered day-to-day.

So, what does all this mean and where do things stand with him?

The fact he stepped onto the field with his teammates Friday is a sign the Patriots are still holding out hope he can contribute for them this season. Ideally, the procedure he had Monday will work and he will be pain-free and part of the Patriots offense. Given Julian Edelman's four-game suspension, there aren't many receivers who have experience working with Brady besides Mitchell and Chris Hogan.

If it doesn't work and he's still dealing with pain, the Patriots have a few options.

They could try and find a trade partner, but who would want to trade for a player who missed all of last year due to injury and has still has concerns now? Another option would be the team staying patient and hold out hope he will get healthy as the weeks go on and potentially contribute, or the team could flat out cut him and move on. The final option could be placing him on PUP and give him until the middle of the season to get healthy and then see where things go from there.

Things should become more clear on his situation in the coming days.

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