The Patriots acquired a couple of players via the waiver wire a short time ago.
According to sources, the team claimed veteran wide receiver Leonard Hankerson from the Atlanta Falcons and offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle from the Detroit Lions.
Source: the Patriots claimed both WR Leonard Hankerson (Falcons) and OT LaAdrian Waddle (Lions) off of waivers.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 16, 2015
To make room for the moves, LeGarrette Blount was officially placed on IR and waived wide receiver Damaris Johnson. The move for Hankerson is especially intriguing because of his numbers and the fact that crossing routes seem to be a strength of his, which the Patriots like to run.
Leonard Hankerson had 26 catches for 327 yards and 3 TDs in '15. Placed on IR Dec. 4 (hamstring). Waived off IR Tuesday & eligible to play— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) December 16, 2015
Also, a big development on the Devin McCourty injury front. He's got a high ankle sprain, according to a league source.
#Patriots CB Devin McCourty's injury is a high ankle sprain, per league source.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) December 16, 2015
Those injuries generally take four to six weeks to recover from, so it's very likely McCourty will sit out the remainder of the regular season.
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