BOSTON (CBS)  – It’s a good thing the New England Patriots have made a point to sign, claim or extend every tight end possible this season.

On Wednesday, the Patriots placed Visanthe Shiancoe on the injured reserve, according to However the nine-year-veteran can return later in the season under the new NFL rules.

Shiancoe was placed on the short-term IR, meaning he can begin practicing with the team in three weeks and return to game action after eight weeks.

New England has their bye week in Week 9, so the earliest Shiancoe could return would be Week 10 when the Patriots host the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium.

The move clears up a roster spot for newly signed tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who the Patriots reportedly signed from the Redskins practice squad on Wednesday.

The Patriots had worked out veteran tight end Kellen Winslow on Tuesday, but he reportedly did not pass his physical due to a right knee ailment that has bothered him for most of his career.


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