Posted Fri Aug 6th by Monty
Safety Josh Barrett had already scheduled his shoulder surgery and cleared the procedure with his team when the Denver Broncos announced he would be placed on Injured Reserve Thursday. But, as part of the process of being placed on IR, Barrett was actually placed on the Waived/Injured list, meaning the other 31 teams had 24 hours to claim him.
And the New England Patriots did just that.
Barrett, one of the Broncos’ 2008 seventh round draft picks, is now the property of Bill Belichick and company in Foxboro, and, by our understanding, moves to their active roster.
Wide receiver Kenny McKinley was similarly designated, was not claimed, and so moves to the Broncos’ Injured Reserve list as expected.
Shrewd move by Belichick, recognizing his pupil putting a guy on IR who might still be able to put in work this season. Apparently this 24-hour period is a mere “formality” that rarely gets exploited but did in this case. Now, if the Patriots do decide to place him on IR, he’ll have to clear the same 24-hour window, in which the Broncos could actually claim him back. What a weird turn of events.