My understanding is that Shiancoe can be out on IR and be eligible to be brought back. We do not have to designate him at the timing of placing him on IR. Is that correct. I would think that Shiancoe's future may be tied to Ballard's situation. I see not real downside in putting Shiancoe on IR. However cutting him before 4PM tomorrow is certainly a reasonable possibility. The open question is whether Shiancoe is healthy enough to be an inactive backup for the next few weeks, until Ballard may be available. If now designation is required, I would have thought that Belichick could have waited to put Demps on the IR. Obviously, there will likely be a better use of the exemption during the season. Howver, that needn't be the case. I just don't see the downside, other than keeping 5 Practice Squad players on the 53.