FOXBORO, Mass. – One of the prevalent storylines during the run to New England Patriots training camp was the team's reported desire to act as a broad recipient of Malcolm Mitchell.
As expected, Patriots coach Bill Belichick had little to say during his pre-camp press conference.
"I will not really engage in media speculation unless you have a professional commentary that I did not see," Belichick said Wednesday morning. "I have not talked to Malcolm Mitchell about any media representative, so you have to talk to whoever."
Tom Pelissero of NFL Media was the first to report on Monday that Mitchell was in the trading bloc. One day later, Ian Rapoport said that the 25-year-old's Patriots "who had missed the entire season with a knee injury, are ready to move on".
Belichick declined to provide a status update for Mitchell, who reportedly had knee surgery earlier this week. It is difficult to judge the injured players' health in the time between the organized team activities and the training camp.
Mitchell was not one of the many Patriot players who were physically unable to produce injuries or injuries before the camp, but Belichick noted that this does not necessarily mean that a player is completely healthy.
"We will take some players on PUP and NFI lists, and when they are ready to go, they come out, the coach explained." And the other players who are not there does not mean they are full Are available. This means that, for one reason or another, they are not on those lists, and because of their physical availability, we will do certain things with them. It's always this time of year. There are a lot of people in different stages ̵
According to Belichick, 10 to 15 Patriots players face some sort of illness on Thursday leading to the team's first camp practice.
Mitchell, who scored 48 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns in 2016 as a rookie, has not played a significant game since Super Bowl LI. After injuring his knee in a preseason game last summer, he was put in injured reserve. Although he was back in training late in the season, he never got back into active service.
Although the exact nature of the injury was not disclosed by Mitchell, Belichick said he was satisfied with the third year's rehabilitation efforts.
"I think all our players work hard," Belichick said. We have a good training staff, we have a good medical staff, I think all our players were accountable and did the rehabilitation that either we, they or a few third parties were involved in. I do not think we've had one for a long time People who did not conform or who were diligent in trying to do what they could to get into the field, some things react differently than others. "
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