Patriots place WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) on IR

The New England Patriots are down another wide receiver.

Patriots place WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) on IR

The Patriots placed on injured reserve, the team announced Thursday.

The move comes mere hours before New England kicks off the 2017 season against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.

Mitchell, 24, has been dealing with a knee issue that limited him throughout training cheap wholesale jerseys camp. He participated in just one preseason game.

The second-year pro could be eligible for one of the Patriots’ two IR-return designations after sitting out at least eight weeks.

Losing Mitchell underscores the Patriots’ recent trade for former first-round pick Phillip Dorsett this past weekend.

Coupled with Julian Edelman’s season-ending knee injury, Tom Brady’s receiving corps is completely remade heading into 2017. Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan lead the depth chart, with Danny Amendola and Dorsett battling for the third wideout duties. New England also added pass-catching tight end Dwayne Allen to go along with Rob Gronkowski. We expect the Pats’ bevy of running backs — James White, Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead — to play key roles as pass catchers this season.

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One, on the Patriots’ second possession from the Chiefs’ 10-yard line, robbed New England of the chance to deliver an early haymaker. Already up a touchdown, Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt fumbled on his first carry, turning the ball back to Brady. New England loaded up in a heavy formation with offensive tackle Nate Solder reporting eligible, packing next to Rob Gronkowski. Chiefs safety Eric Berry burst through the center of New England’s line and tied up Gillislee for no gain.

The next time, in the fourth quarter on Kansas City’s 40-yard line, Gillislee was again stuffed after the right side of the Patriots’ offensive line sprang a leak.

“I’d have to go back and take a look at it,” center David Andrews told The Boston Herald wholesale jerseys from china. “But they just beat us and we can’t let that happen again.”

“We just got to do a better job,” fullback James Develin added. “We have to go out there and be better, that’s it.”

First, the qualifiers: Gillislee looked fine in short distance runs throughout the night. One cannot score three goal-line touchdowns without being an adept runner in tight situations. Also, both stops were tremendous collective plays from Kansas City’s remade defensive line. In both circumstances, the push up front was fantastic. Justin Houston bulled his way through a blocker on the second stop to bust up the Gillislee run.

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Other transaction-related news we’re tracking with NFL  on Friday:

1. The Colts released former Redskins running back Matt Jones on Saturday. Washington cut the out-of-favor back ahead of the 53-man deadline last week before Indianapolis claimed him on waivers. In a corresponding move, the Colts elevated guard Adam Redmond to the active roster.

2. Former Colts linebacker Sean Spence is working out for the Saints on Friday, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Cornerback Leon Hall is also working out for New Orleans, Rapoport reported.

3. The Jaguars have claimed safety Calvin Pryor via waivers, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported. Pryor was released by the Browns after a fight with a teammate earlier this week.

4. The Jets are working out former Texans safety Robert Nelson, Rapoport reported.

5. The Patriots are working out quarterback Thaddeus Lewis and wide receiver Jordan Payton, Rapoport reported.

6. The Bears have waived running back Ka’Deem Carey and quarterback Connor Shaw from injured reserve, the team announced.

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