Super Bowl champion wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will miss at least eight games for his New England Patriots with a lingering knee issue.
Per ESPN, the Pats have placed the second-year wide receiver, whose emergence in the second half of Super Bowl LI reflected his value to the team, on injured reserve Thursday. Mitchell caught six passes for 70 yards in the Super Bowl.
"Mitchell has been dealing with a knee issue since spring. The 2016 fourth-round pick out of Georgia was projected as the third or fourth receiver on the depth chart behindand , and alongside .
"The team had held him out of all spring practices, and brought him along slowly in training camp. Mitchell played in the team's second preseason game, but didn't appear to be 100 percent and ended up missing a stretch of practices after that game.
"Questions about Mitchell's availability contributed to the team's pursuit of wide receiverin last Saturday's trade with the . Dorsett was a first-round pick (29th overall) of the Colts in 2015."
To fill Mitchell's roster spot, the Patriots promoted center/guardfrom the practice squad.