FOXBORO -- Patriots rookie wideout Malcolm Mitchell was missing from the start of practice for the third straight day on Friday. He's been dealing with a knee injury that he suffered mid-way through the third quarter of last weekend's matchup with the Jets and has not practiced since.
Though Bill Belichick said on Friday morning that "there's no policy" when it comes to player availability on game day after not practicing during the week, it's unlikely that Mitchell will dress against the Dolphins if he's a non-participant for the third time this week. That would leave the door open for newly-acquired receiver Michael Floyd to factor into the Patriots offense more significantly.
Floyd say 17 reps against the Jets in his Patriots debut last week, catching one pass in the fourth quarter for six yards. Along Chris Hogan, Mitchell has been one of the top two most frequently used receivers for the Patriots over the course of the last four weeks -- playing more snaps than Julian Edelman in that span -- meaning Floyd could see a serious bump in his workload should the Patriots want to continue to manage Edelman's reps. Floyd's participation level and his understanding of the offense with Tom Brady behind center will be one of the storylines to follow in Miami this weekend.
Also missing from the start of Friday's practice were corner Cyrus Jones and receiver Danny Amendola. Jones has not practiced since Wednesday, when he was a limited participant with a knee injury. Amendola has not practiced since suffering an ankle injury in Week 13 against the Rams. Amendola was spotted in the locker room on Thursday with no walking boot and without a noticeable limp.