Dane Fletcher LB NE 10 Months
Patriots re-signed LB Dane Fletcher to a one-year contract.
Fletcher was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason, but the Patriots finalized a deal before he was able to talk to other teams on March 12. The third-year pro missed the entire 2012 season with a torn ACL, but his recovery is said to be on a "positive course." Fletcher will return as a key reserve and special teams player.
Dane Fletcher LB NE 10 Months
Patriots LB Dane Fletcher (ACL surgery) believes he can be recovered in time to put in a full offseason.
Fletcher tore his ACL while covering the first punt in the first preseason game this past season. The Patriots will begin OTAs in April, and Fletcher will be eight months removed from surgery by then. A restricted free agent this offseason, New England will look to bring him back in a reserve and special teams role.
Dane Fletcher LB NE Aug 15 '12
Patriots placed LB Dane Fletcher (ACL surgery) on injured reserve, ending his season.
Fletcher went unclaimed after being placed on waivers, and won't count against the 53-man roster. The special teamer was set to open the year as the primary backup to MLB Brandon Spikes.
Dane Fletcher LB NE Aug 13 '12
Patriots waived/injured LB Dane Fletcher.
Fletcher tore his ACL in Thursday's preseason opener. The special teamer/reserve linebacker was set to serve as MLB Brandon Spikes' primary backup this season. Provided he doesn't get claimed on waivers, Fletcher should be in the mix for a roster spot in 2013, though he will be a restricted free agent.
Dane Fletcher LB NE Aug 09 '12
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Patriots LB Dane Fletcher sustained a torn left ACL in Thursday's preseason opener.
Fletcher drew the start in the middle with Brandon Spikes sitting out. Following the injury, rookie Dont'a Hightower moved from the strong side to Fletcher's spot. The injury will increase the responsibilities of veteran Bobby Carpenter, who was signed for depth and versatility. Fletcher was expected to be Spikes' primary backup this season.
Dane Fletcher LB NE Apr 08 '12
Patriots LB Dane Fletcher (thumb) is expected to shed his cast in the next few days.
Fletcher was strong in training camp last year and, with Brandon Spikes injured, was the frontrunner to start at middle linebacker. An injury to his right thumb, however, held him under 300 snaps for the season. The 25-year-old will again enter camp as competition for Spikes, but won't hold much Fantasy value unless he unseats the injury-plagued former second-round pick.
Dane Fletcher LB NE Aug 21 '11
Patriots LB Dane Fletcher's right hand is in a cast after injuring his thumb in last week's game.
Since its the Pats, it's not clear how long Fletcher will be sidelined. He had enjoyed a strong camp as well as an impressive performance in the first preseason game. Fletcher was working as the Pats' starting middle linebacker in 4-3 fronts with Brandon Spikes sidelined by an undisclosed injury.