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Visanthe Shiancoe activated by New England Patriots

The New England Patriots have enviable depth at tight end. They got even deeper Saturday by activating Visanthe Shiancoe to the 53-man roster from the injured-reserve list.

Shiancoe gives the Patriots another option as they head into their Week 10 matchup against the Buffalo Bills with 14 players listed as questionable.

Tight end Aaron Hernandez -- who has been bothered most of the season by a high ankle sprain -- is among those 14 players.

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Shiancoe, 32, suffered a nasty hamstring injury just four practices into his first training camp with the Patriots. Shiancoe's best season came with Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings in 2009, when he had 56 receptions for 566 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday Schiancoe can contribute as both a blocker and a receiver.

"I think when you look back at his career, he's done both," Belichick said, via the Boston Herald. "I don't know, we've had him but not for very much time and no games, so we'll see how it goes in our offense if we're able to get that point. I don't know."

Shiancoe slides into the roster vacancy created by running back Brandon Bolden, who was suspended four games for PED use this week.

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