Reminiscent of Bill Belichick's grabbing injured tight end Jake Ballard from the New York Giants in 2012, the Patriots made a similar move after the Carolina Panthers released rookie running back Ty Gaffney.
Gaffney injured his knee over the weekend and will require surgery, ending his 2014 season before it started. The Panthers were ready to bring him back into the fold and place him on injured reserve, assuming no one would claim him off waivers...
Instead Gaffney, out of Stanford, is a New England Patriot as of Monday afternoon, courtesy of Bill Belichick, reports Marc Sessler of NFL.com.
The Jake Ballard claim peeved Giants head coach Tom Coughlin due to an 'unwritten rule' that other teams should stay away from injured players on the waiver wire.
No word yet from the Panther's front office on the matter.