Pats use new IR rule on Shiancoe

September, 5, 2012
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The Patriots announced that veteran tight end Visanthe Shiancoe has been placed on injured reserve with a designation to return.

This is the first year that teams have had the option of placing a player on IR with a designation to return. Shiancoe, who missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury, will be able to return to practice after the sixth week of the schedule and to the lineup after the eighth week, per the new rule.

The 32-year-old Shiancoe, a veteran of nine NFL seasons, signed with the Patriots on July 25 to fill out arguably the deepest tight end depth chart in the NFL -- Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Daniel Fells and Shiancoe.

With Shiancoe placed on IR, the Patriots filled his spot with former Rams tight end Michael Hoomanawanui.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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