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Patriots activate TE Visanthe Shiancoe to the 53-man roster

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that TE Visanthe Shiancoe has been activated to the 53-man roster from the injured reserve list. He was placed on the injured reserve with a designation to return on Sept. 5, 2012.

Shiancoe, 32, signed with the Patriots as a free agent on July 25, 2012. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder is a veteran of nine seasons with the New York Giants (2003-06) and Minnesota Vikings (2007-11). He originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft choice (91st overall) of the Giants in 2003 out of Morgan State and joined Minnesota as an unrestricted free agent on March 3, 2007. Shiancoe has played in 144 NFL games with 90 starts and has 243 receptions for 2,677 yards and 27 touchdowns.

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