Patriots Roll Dice, Waive LB Dane Fletcher

Ian Logue
August 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm ET

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. “

  • kevin

    Boy I am really bummed! I really thought fletcher was moving his way up the roster and as much as I love our LB core I really saw him as a nose for the ball play maker kind of guy. Hope we get him back!

  • george timmons

    is this just to open up an extra roster spot?because this move waiving dane fletcher makes no sense!it mirrors the same one last year when they let tully banta cain go,but he used an illegal supplement.dane didn’t do anything wrong,just get injured.when he’s on the field healthy all he does is make plays?dumb move.

  • Yes, the plan I’m sure was to waive him to have him pass through unclaimed and then place him on injured reserve since it’s going to take the offseason to rehab his knee. The only positive about it happening now instead of during the regular season is that at least he’ll have more time for rehab and get ready for next year.