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

12 January 2018

The Patriots were as healthy today as they've been in months, as they had flawless attendance during their final practice of the week.

New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who began practicing in Week 17, has not been spotted at practice this week, prompting speculation that he could be done for the season.

Running back Mike Gillislee (knee) and linebacker Marquis Flowers (illness) also returned.

He was at practice on Thursday after missing the sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. When asked if Mitchell will return this season, he simply left it as "I don't know".

Mitchell has been on injured reserve since September 7. "There won't be a second of delay".

Without Mitchell in the mix, the Patriots would enter the postseason with Chris Hogan, Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola, Kenny Britt, and Phillip Dorsett at the receiver position. Mitchell could have given the Patriots a threat on the outside, as that has been an issue for much of the year. Branch suffered a knee injury in the Week 14 loss to Miami but claims he is "good to go".

"I don't know", he said.

Burkhead injured his knee against the Steelers in Week 15, forcing him to miss the final two games.

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