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Patriots release wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell

Ryan Hannable
August 06, 2018 - 1:47 pm

The Malcolm Mitchell era in New England is over.

According to multiple reports, the Patriots have released the third-year wide receiver.

Mitchell missed all of last season with a knee injury, which came after having an extensive injury history in college. The week training camp opened Mitchell reportedly had a procedure on his knee to potentially help with the pain he was experimenting. Mitchell was on the field in full pads Saturday, but wasn't a full participant as he went to the lower fields with other players rehabbing injuries. Up until then he had been stretching with the team before going to the lower fields.

Jason La Canfora was first to report the news.

A few weeks ago there were also reports the Patriots were trying to trade him, but with injury concerns it appears no one wanted to acquire him.

In 2016, his rookie season, Mitchell finished with 32 catches for 401 yards and four touchdowns. In Super Bowl LI, he had six catches for 70 yards.

The Patriots are now left with Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson, Kenny Britt, Eric Decker, Riley McCarron, Braxton Berrios, Devin Lucien and Paul Turner at receiver.

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