Injured LB Fletcher clears waivers


Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher cleared waivers on Tuesday. After clearing waivers, Fletcher went on the team's injured reserve list, the team announced, and he does not count against the 90-man roster limit.

The Patriots on Monday waived/injured Fletcher, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear in his left knee in Thursday's preseason opener.

In June, the Patriots claimed injured tight end Jake Ballard, who had been waived/injured by the Giants, and are currently carrying him on their 90-man roster. The Giants apparently turned down a chance to "retaliate" on Tuesday by putting a claim in for Fletcher.