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Pats activate Shiancoe

Visanthe Shiancoe AP

The Patriots used their one-per-team revocable injured reserve designation on tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.  The veteran was activated on Saturday, one day before the Pats host the Bills.

Shiancoe, who signed with the team in the offseason after five years in Minnesota, was placed on injured reserve on the first day the new designated-for-return category could be used, September 5.

The move comes with four of the Pats’ pass catchers listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.  Tight end Rob Gronkowski has a hip injury, tight end Aaron Hernandez is still dealing with an ankle problem, receiver Wes Welker has an ankle injury, and receiver Brandon Lloyd has a knee injury.

Shiancoe, 32, has the ability to demonstrate the same kind of versatility we’ve seen from other New England tight ends.  In 2009, he caught 11 touchdown passes with the Vikings.  He also has played for the Giants.

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16 Responses to “Pats activate Shiancoe”
  1. samapoc says: Nov 10, 2012 4:49 PM

    How many veteran tight ends are on that team?! I expect Jeramy Shockey to play next week…

  2. Stiller43 says: Nov 10, 2012 5:10 PM

    4 questionable and all 4 are going to play right?

  3. sterling7 says: Nov 10, 2012 5:14 PM

    Wonderful, now after watching the Minnesota Vikings all these years Shiancoe can drop passes for the Patriots just like he did for the Vikings, the easier the potential reception…….the more likely he’ll be to drop the pass. Oh and a watch out for those mystery injuries of his, he likes to show off his physique but he always has some strange injury?!

  4. ghostofnflpresent says: Nov 10, 2012 5:18 PM

    either way, I expect another Bills loss from the Amish Noodle Arm

  5. patriots123456 says: Nov 10, 2012 5:24 PM

    Even the Cheerleaders are tight ends, LMAO

  6. jjrs89 says: Nov 10, 2012 5:25 PM

    Translation: Hernandez is out this week

  7. gronkspike802 says: Nov 10, 2012 5:43 PM

    Patriots really only have 3 TEs on the roster. Hernandez plays more at WR and Hoomanawanui plays more at FB than TE.

  8. genericcommenter says: Nov 10, 2012 6:00 PM

    He’s a big locker room presence.

  9. micronin127 says: Nov 10, 2012 6:02 PM

    Hernandez is a big TE/WR. I think they called Colston a TE too for a while.

    Pats still need a #1 WR, but until then get ready for 5 TE run and shoot spread formation…

  10. frankiefiveangels says: Nov 10, 2012 6:45 PM

    The Patriots are trying to corner the market on Tight Ends. Including Ballard on IR they have 6 under contract. I hope cornering the market on something works out better for them than it did for the Duke brothers in Trading Places.

  11. oxfordthecat says: Nov 10, 2012 7:00 PM

    I’m waiting on ‘Tom Brady – Right Shoulder (Probable)’ to be added to the list.

  12. EJ says: Nov 10, 2012 8:00 PM

    Who ever the Patriots play at TE against the Bills will have a rough day. I’m sure that Buffalo will have Howell covering TE’s with help from Scott. Gilmore with their #1 receiver, McKelvin on the slot, with Byrd and Wilson hawking the ball. Expect Mario Williams or Shawne Merriman to have a big day because Its going to take double coverage on Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus all day, which will leave Mario and Merriman one on one. The Bills will most likely lose to the Patriots tomorrow, but expect Brady to be on his a$$ most of the day. Go Bills!!!!

  13. patriottony says: Nov 10, 2012 8:02 PM

    Everybody…even the “hair do” himself forget. The 199th pick of the patriots,,a kid from Michigan was actually listed on the MI roster as QB/TE..That kid? LMAO TOM Brady….in in rookie training camp,,BB had everybody run a timed mile….guess who had the best time? Yup Tom brady…the third string QB…who is now a first ballot HOF.

  14. tbd3 says: Nov 10, 2012 8:28 PM

    EJ,

    Rob Gronkowski had five catches for 104 yards and touchdown against the Bills in week four. Now the Patriots have Shiancoe as well. How is this defense suddenly going to stop tight ends after giving up over 100 yards to every team they faced that had a good one? The Patriots offensive line, despite the questions in the preseason about the unit, has been outstanding so far this year. Only eight quarterbacks who have played at least eight games have been sacked less than Brady.

    Maybe you’re right, but I don’t know where your confidence is coming from.

  15. tbd3 says: Nov 10, 2012 8:34 PM

    “Only eight quarterbacks who have played at least eight games have been sacked less than Brady.”

    Make that only FIVE quarterbacks. My bad.

  16. bingobrown12 says: Nov 10, 2012 10:12 PM

    All your Tight Ends are belong to us

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