Patriots Roll Dice, Waive LB Dane Fletcher

Ian Logue
August 13, 2012 at 08:35pm ET

Patriots’ Malcolm Mitchell happy with rehab progress
Free agent WR Eric Decker says he would be 'good fit' with Patriots
Man charged with robbing Gronkowski's home arraigned
Buckley: What will Tom Brady do when he retires from football?
Tom Brady teases with Instagram comment

It's a tough break for Dane Fletcher after the linebacker seems poised to be placed on injured reserve.

According to ESPN Boston, the Patriots waived linebacker Dane Fletcher, who appears poised to spend the rest of this season on injured reserve should he clear waivers.

Then again, that's probably what New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was thinking when he did the same thing with tight end Jake Ballard earlier this offseason.  Instead Bill Belichick scooped up the talented tight end, and as a result he's a future member of Tom Brady's offense.

As it stands right now unless another team feels Fletcher could be a future gem for them as well, hopefully he'll be back next season and pick up where he left off.

Belichick said in a conference call on Friday that things didn't look good for Fletcher after Thursday's injury, so today's news wasn't exactly a surprise.

"The news on Dane [Fletcher] doesn't look very good," said Belichick.  "So he'll probably be out for a while, which is unfortunate because he's worked hard, specifically this offseason and training camp. We've had good competition at the position so it we'll have to look for somebody else to step in but it's unfortunate for Dane. "