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Malcolm Mitchell Injured(W / NE)

The Patriots won't activate Malcolm Mitchell (knee) from injured reserve, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Malcolm Mitchell (knee) wasn't in attendance for the start of the Patriots' practice Wednesday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

Malcolm Mitchell (knee) won't play in Saturday's playoff game against the Titans since he wasn't activated off IR by Friday afternoon's deadline to do so, NESN.com reports.

Malcolm Mitchell (knee) returned to practice Thursday, the Boston Herald reports.

Malcolm Mitchell (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

Malcolm Mitchell (knee) wasn't present for the portion of Tuesday's practice available to the media, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.

The Patriots didn't activate Malcolm Mitchell (knee) from injured reserve ahead of their regular-season finale against the Jets, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

Malcolm Mitchell (knee) returned to practice Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick hasn't ruled out activating Malcolm Mitchell (knee) from injured reserve before the regular season concludes, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. "[Activating a player from IR] is still available for us, and if we feel like it was something that could help us, and there was an opportunity to use it, then we would use it," Belichick said Tuesday. "It's still an option."

The Patriots don't appear to be counting on Malcolm Mitchell (knee) to return from injured reserve this season, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

Malcolm Mitchell (knee) is scheduled to be evaluated this week, at which point the Patriots could decide to designate him as one of their two players eligible to return from injured reserve, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.