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Patriots rookie Malcolm Mitchell exits game with brutal elbow injury

New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell was forced out of Thursday’s preseason game with a left elbow injury.

Here’s a clip of the injury, which appears to show an elbow dislocation or break.

WARNING: GRAPHIC

Barring a miracle, it would appear Mitchell is going to be unavailable for quite some time.

Making matters worse, he had been performing at a high level during the game, catching four passes on five targets for 55 yards, including a 23-yard reception, before halftime.

It’s a tough blow for this fourth-round rookie out of Georgia. He had been making waves in training camp, with ESPN’s Mike Reiss calling him “the ‘X’ receiver with the highest upside traits-wise” on New England’s roster.

Heading into Thursday’s game, Mitchell had been nursing a knee injury, but that’s the least of his worries at this point.