Patriots pass on Kellen Winslow, sign Hoomanawanui


The New England Patriots are signing a tight end, but it's not Kellen Winslow.

Agent Rick Smith confirmed an report that tight end Michael Hoomanawanui will be joining New England on Wednesday. Hoomanawanui -- not to be confused with former Ram Brandon Manumaleuna -- knows Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' system from their days together in St. Louis.

The Patriots later announced the signing.

Winslow worked out for the Patriots but failed a physical with the team, according to Mary Paoletti of Comcast SportsNet New Hoomanawanui essentially will replace Visanthe Shiancoe, whom the Patriots on Wednesday placed on injured reserve and "designated for return" later in the season.

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