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Patriots place WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) on IR

The New England Patriots are down another wide receiver.

The Patriots placed Malcolm Mitchell 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 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 Indianapolis Colts 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.

With Mitchell off the 53-man roster, the Patriots signed offensive lineman Ted Karras from the practice squad.

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