Early in the day Thursday, ESPN.com and Scouts, Inc. named Mel Mitchell the 81st best player slated to dress for Super Bowl XLII, saying the former WKU Hilltopper and current New England Patriots safety "is a very good special teamer and has value in a reserve role."
Unfortunately for Mitchell, he won't even get to validate that assessment as his teammates vie for the NFL's first perfect season since 1972.
The Patriots placed Mitchell on injured reserve Friday, ending his season and his chances to play in his first Super Bowl.
Mitchell tore a biceps muscle in New England's AFC Divisional Playoff win over Jacksonville.
It's Mitchell's second such injury in less than two years - he tore a biceps tendon in his opposite arm during training camp in 2006, causing him to miss the season.
Mitchell recorded 11 special teams tackles in 10 regular season and one playoff appearance this season.