New England Patriots waves off injured Malcolm Mitchell
The Providence Journal reported he faced "an uphill climb" to play at all in 2018, but other outlets were more optimistic.
According to an ESPN report, Mitchell was waived without an injury designation, meaning he will become a free agent if not claimed by another team on waivers. If the Patriots had designated waived/injured, he would have reverted to their injured reserve list if unclaimed.
Mitchell practiced Saturday for the first time since training camp began, but various reports in late July said the team was shopping him in trade talks. He is continuing to battle a knee issue after missing all but one preseason game in 2017.
Mitchell reportedly had a procedure on the knee before training camp opened, but the extent of the procedure is unclear. The Providence Journal reported he faced "an uphill climb" to play at all in 2018, but other outlets were more optimistic.
Through two years in the NFL, the 26-year-old has played in 14 games (six starts), all in 2016, catching 32 passes for 401 yards and four scores. He added six grabs for 70 yards in the team's Super Bowl LI victory that postseason.
New England then signed Eric Decker, who was listed alongside Mitchell and ahead of Kenny Britt and Cordarrelle Patterson on the team's first official depth chart released over the weekend.
--Field Level Media
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