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Patriots Will Not Be Activating Malcolm Mitchell Off Injured Reserve

BOSTON (CBS) -- Malcolm Mitchell will not be making a dramatic return to the Patriots offense this postseason.

Mitchell will remain on Injured Reserve, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick confirmed at his Wednesday press conference at Gillette Stadium. Mitchell has been on IR all season with a knee injury. The second-year receiver was one of two players the Patriots designated to return off IR and began to practice in Week 17, but he isn't ready to rejoin the team as the Patriots gear up for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

New England had until 4 p.m. on Wednesday to active Mitchell, who caught 32 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie last season.

Cornerback Jonathan Jones was also missing from Wednesday's session, which was held inside Gillette Stadium. It appears Jones is heading to IR with wide receiver/special teamer Bernard Reedy joining the Patriots on the practice field on Wednesday.

New England's first injury report of the week will be released later in the day.

You can catch Sunday's Patriots-Jaguars AFC Championship Game on WBZ-TV — the flagship station of the New England Patriots.  Pregame coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. with a special 90-minute edition of Patriots GameDay, kickoff is set for 3:05 p.m., and after the game tune in to myTV38 for all the reaction and analysis on Patriots 5th Quarter.

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