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Patriots to Place Visanthe Shiancoe on IR; Designated for Later Return

In what has been a marry-go-round at the tight end position for the New England Patriots, the team has made another decision regarding player Visanthe Shiancoe. Due to a leg injury that has kept Shiancoe out the entire preseason, the Patriots have decided to place him on injured reserve.

Due to the new injured reserved rules that were voted in by the National Football League Players Association, the Patriots have marked the tight end as the player than can be “designated to return” meaning after week eight, the team can remove the player from the injury reserved list and promote him to the active roster.

With Shiancoe gone for, at least, the next six weeks, the Patriots will likely rotate Daniel Fells and newly signed Michael Hoomanawanui as the primarily second tight end as Aaron Hernandez will spend a lot of time replacing Deion Branch as the third receiver on the team.

Shiancoe signed with the Patriots for a 1-year deal worth $1.2 million. Last season with the Minnesota Vikings, the tight end caught 36 passes for 409 yards and three touchdowns.

It should be noted that former Seattle Seahawks tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr. worked out for the team today, but failed a physical which led to the signing of Hoomanawanui.

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