Bill Belichick: I don't know if Malcolm Mitchell returns this year

Friday, 12 Jan, 2018

It marked their first workout with the full 53-man squad since September 29. Malcolm Mitchell, who missed the team's first two practices this week, was also on the field and seemed to be in good spirits during warmups. He is still on injured reserve, so the Patriots haven't needed to disclose his status on an injury report. He was designated to return off the injured reserve when he first practiced, December 27. Gillislee practiced for the first time since he was injured in Week 16 against the Bills, and that extended absence would still likely indicate he won't be available Saturday against the Titans.

A second-year pro, Mitchell has battled knee issues since his college days at Georgia.

In order for Mitchell to suit up against Tennessee, he would have to be activated by Friday at 4 pm.

When asked Thursday morning if the Patriots planned on having Mitchell back at any point during the postseason, Bill Belichick deflected.

"I don't know", he said. "There won't be a second of delay". He underwent knee surgeries in 2013 and 2014.

The Patriots still have plenty of depth at wide receiver in Brandin Cooks, Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt, Danny Amendola and the return of Chris Hogan. "I'm just excited for the playoffs and everything that's in store".