FOXBORO – Malcolm Mitchell’s right arm bent in a way it wasn’t made to bend in the second quarter of the Patriots preseason opener against the Saints.
Whether it was an elbow dislocation or a break of both the radius and ulna, Mitchell was in intense pain after making an 8-yard catch near the Patriots sideline.
Mitchell, who had four catches in the quarter, was struggling to break free of New Orleans’ De’Vante Harris who had hold of Mitchell’s jersey. Mitchell braced himself as he fell and the arm gave way.
He immediately staggered into the arms of Patriots’ training staff who escorted him to the locker room.
The Boston Herald reports that it's a dislocated elbow.
Malcolm Mitchell suffered a dislocated elbow and could be back in four weeks, sources tell me and @kguregian.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) August 12, 2016
A fourth-round pick out of Georgia, the 6-foot, 198-pound Mitchell was plagued by injuries in college. He displayed nice route-running skills and an ability to fight for the ball in traffic during training camp and was taking that right to the game field Thursday night before the injury. He finished with four catches for 55 yards.
The Patriots have several dinged-up wideouts currently. Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Keshawn Martin and Chris Hogan all sat out this one. Aaron Dobson and DeAndre Carter saw significant time at wideout in the first half.