Injured LB Fletcher clears waivers

August, 14, 2012
8/14/12
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Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher cleared waivers on Tuesday. After clearing waivers, Fletcher went on the team's injured reserve list, the team announced, and he does not count against the 90-man roster limit.

The Patriots on Monday waived/injured Fletcher, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear in his left knee in Thursday's preseason opener.

In June, the Patriots claimed injured tight end Jake Ballard, who had been waived/injured by the Giants, and are currently carrying him on their 90-man roster. The Giants apparently turned down a chance to "retaliate" on Tuesday by putting a claim in for Fletcher.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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