Malcolm Mitchell Injury: Updates on Patriots WR's Elbow and Return

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell runs during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell left the team's Aug. 11 preseason game against the New Orleans Saints after suffering a dislocated elbow. He hadn't played since; however he is ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Mitchell Active vs. Cardinals 

Sunday, Sept. 11

The Patriots announced Mitchell was ready to play against Arizona in Week 1.

Latest on Mitchell's Practice Status

Friday, Sept. 9

The Patriots announced Mitchell was limited at Friday's practice.

Latest on Mitchell's Testing on Injured Elbow

Sunday, Aug. 14

Adam Caplan of ESPN reported Mitchell underwent an MRI that "came up clean." On Aug. 11, Caplan reported X-rays on Mitchell's elbow came back negative.

Mitchell an Intriguing Option in Patriots' Thin Receiving Corps

The Patriots selected Mitchell in the fourth round of the NFL draft in April. He was one of Georgia's top wide receivers over the previous four years, setting career highs in receptions (58), yards (865) and touchdown receptions (five) as a senior in 2015.

The Patriots will have to start the season without quarterback Tom Brady while he serves a four-game suspension. Jimmy Garoppolo might be a competent NFL player, but his limited experience will require all of the weapons around him to step up, and that includes the rookie Mitchell. 

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