Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday that Mitchell will not be activated off injured reserve. Mitchell has missed the entire season after being placed on IR with a knee injury prior to the opener.
Thanks to the following afternoon's Jacksonville upset 45-42 win in Pittsburgh, that means a battle with the upstart Jaguars (12-6) this coming Sunday afternoon in Foxborough.
It worked. In Saturday night's 35-14 win over Tennessee, Amendola was targeted a game-high 13 times leading to 11 catches for 112 yards, the first 100-yard postseason game of his career.
"I think the team just focused on Tennessee and I think it'll be the same thing next week," New England defensive captain Devin McCourty said after the Patriots shrugged off all the bye-week buzz around the team and pounded the Titans 35-14 in Saturday night's AFC divisional playoff.
James White and Chris Hogan returned from injury to combine for three second-quarter touchdowns and the defending champions, despite surrendering the first score of the game, cruised to a chilly 3
Patriots owner Robert Kraft will sit down with head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady to "clear the air" of any lingering tensions, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported.
Nothing is forever, and it's instrumental to compare what has happened/is happening with the Patriots with what happened to the league's other two most significant dynasties of the last half-century.
Running back Mike Gillislee (knee) and linebacker Marquis Flowers (illness) returned from missing Wednesday's session while Mitchell sat out the team's first two practices of the week.
He made two things quite clear: He was impressed by a Tennessee team that advanced in the postseason with a comeback win over Kansas City on wild-card weekend and, maybe most important, he was onl
Running back DeMarco Murray (knee) and Quinton Spain (back) also missed practice as the Titans began preparations for Saturday's visit to the top-seeded New England Patriots in the AFC divisional round.