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Bob Donnan | USA TODAY Sports

Injury issues have plagued wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell since he was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 2016 draft.

A strong start in his first season in the league was then hindered by a knee injury that sidelined him for all of 2017 and even delayed his presence and practice participation this summer.

And for that reason, the Patriots released him on Monday.

After learning the news, the young wide receiver took to Instagram to share a classy farewell message to the New England Patriots' organization and their fans.



“No matter what happens in life, I’ll forever be a World Champion,” Mitchell says in the photo.

He also captioned it with this: “New England, thank you! My heart hurts, but I smile when thinking about all the love, support and patience you have given me. To the community this is not goodbye, it’s I’ll see you later. Go Pats! 💙❤️”

Mitchell’s best moment in his short career with the Patriots came when he had a major part in guiding the the team to a comeback win in overtime against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. The wide receiver caught six passes for 70 yards that game.

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Megan Carnahan 8/08/2018 08:37:00 AM Edit
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