Even though a report yesterday said Patriots running back Jeff Demps was “fine” with a minor knee injury, the team placed him on injured reserve, it was announced Friday night.
If you think that smells fishy, as if they’re trying to stash a developmental player, the line forms behind this guy (Jon Gruden thumbs).
The recently signed Olympic sprinter gave no indications of a serious injury after the preseason finale to any of the reporters who cover the team.
The Patriots also released 22 players, including the previously reported wide receiver Deion Branch and quarterback Brian Hoyer.
Also part of the final cuts were safety Sergio Brown, defensive lineman Marcus Harrison, wide receiver Jesse Holley, safety James Ihedigbo, offensive lineman Matt Kopa, center Dan Koppen, linebacker Niko Koutouvides, safety Derrick Martin, linebacker Jeff Tarpinian and safety Malcolm Williams.
They also waived fullback Eric Kettani, defensive lineman Aaron Lavarias, tight end Alex Silvestro and wide receiver Kerry Taylor, along with 2012 seventh-round wide receiver Jeremy Ebert and rookie free agent tight end Tyler Urban and offensive linemen Derek Dennis, Dustin Waldron, Jeremiah Warren and Darrion Weems.