New England Patriots tight end Visanthe Shiancoe returned to practice yesterday, which gives the team 21 more days to re-activate him from the injured reserve before he is out for the season. This means that Shiancoe is close to a return and the Pats are willing to add another TE into the mix. That could mean that Michael Hoomanawanui will be released, even though he has provided some solid run blocking for the Pats this season.
Shiancoe can return after Week 8’s game against the St. Louis Rams after being placed on the IR with the return designation due to an apparent hamstring injury. He was seen yesterday during the walk-through.
The Pats may have also added linebacker Mike Rivera, who was seen in the locker room yesterday.
Brandon Bolden, however, was not seen during the walk-through yesterday and has not played or practiced since the Seattle Seahawks game. He re-injured his knee in that game after being listed questionable due to a knee injury beforehand, and Bolden was out on Sunday against the New York Jets. Shane Vereen played very well in his absence by rushing for 49 yards on eight carries, and Vereen will likely receive a larger role with the team due to his efforts against the Jets.
The play from Vereen means that the Pats will be more inclined to give Bolden another week off, but it should be noted that most injured players are absent during walk-throughs to start the week.
You can follow Joe Soriano on Twitter @SorianoJoe.