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Dr. Flynn’s Mailbag: On Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Hogan, Rex Burkhead & Dustin Pedroia

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Hi everyone, happy long weekend! Sorry if you’re working Monday like me. This is my first official Friday mailbag of the NFL postseason. I really enjoyed this week’s Q&A with B-Robb on Gordon Hayward’s brace-less ankle, hope you got to read it. Today’s weather reminded me that spring is just around the (very snowy) corner and that means spring training. I’d love to get to some more Red Sox questions as the season nears, so send yours my way.

Today we’ll hit on how healthy the Patriots look going into the playoffs. And for all of you Red Sox fans who are counting the days until they pack up for Florida, I’ll share my thoughts on Dustin Pedroia’s comments this week indicating he might be ready for the season opener?!

I know everyone is excited about Malcolm Mitchell's return, but what can realistically expect, considering he hasn't played meaningful snaps in almost a year? Will he be on a "minutes restriction" of sorts?
— Josh Pilling, @joshpilling