Mitchell out for Patriots Saturday in playoff opener

NBC Sports Boston Staff
NBC Sports Boston

Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell won't play Saturday night against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Divisional Playoff. 

Mitchell practiced Thursday but was not activated off injured reserve by the 4 p.m. Friday deadline to be eligible for the Pats playoff opener at Gillette Stadium.

If the Patriots win, they'll have until Wednesday at 4 p.m. to activate Mitchell for the AFC Championship Game.  

Mitchell, after an impressive rookie season in 2016, has been on IR all season with a knee injury.

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