Visanthe Shiancoe Placed on Injured Reserve, with Designation to Return

New England Patriots tight end Visanthe Shiancoe catches a pass during training camp at the team practice facility.

As expected, to make room for the signing of Michael Hoomanawanui, the New England Patriots have placed tight end Visanthe Shiancoe on injured reserve, with a designation to return.

Per the new rule, Shiancoe is eligible to return to practice following week six, and can begin playing in games as early as week eight. While the designation doesn't ensure that Shiancoe will return at some point this year, the team can only use the designation once, so it's a sign that the team could see Shiancoe as part of its plans down the line.

Shiancoe was originally signed by the Patriots on July 24th, but missed nearly all of training camp and the preseason due to an undisclosed injury. With Shiancoe on injured reserve, and Hoomanawanui signed, the Patriots tight end depth chart now looks like this:

1. Rob Gronkowski

1a. Aaron Hernandez ("Flex")

2. Daniel Fells

3. Michael Hoomanawanui

Reserve/PUP: Jake Ballard

Injured Reserve (with designation to return): Visanthe Shiancoe

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