Examining Pats' decision on Ventrone

Last season, defensive back Ross Ventrone may have been the most well-known practice squad player in the NFL, even starring in "Occupy Gillette," a Kenny Mayne skit that aired in January.

However, it may be a while before Ventrone can return to the Patriots' practice squad.

As first reported by Mary Paoletti of Comcast SportsNet New England, Ventrone was waived/injured on Monday. He likely suffered the injury last week while practicing in Tampa, and was held out of Friday's preseason game against the Buccaneers.

The Patriots could have placed Ventrone directly on injured reserve Monday. In either case, Ventrone will end up on injured reserve if he clears waivers Tuesday. If the Patriots reach an injury settlement with Ventrone within five days, then he is eligible to return to the team later this season.

Injury settlements are given for a certain length of games, e.g. teams will settle for four or five weeks of pay if the injury is expected to keep the player out a month. Players are eligible to return to their old team six games after the duration of the injury settlement.

Because of that, the Ross Ventrone yo-yo routine (between the active roster and practice squad) may be on hiatus for a large chunk of this season.