NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday on "NFL Total Access" that Demps, a former Olympic sprinter, has informed the Patriots he plans to return to the track. He has a race scheduled in March, and the season runs through August.
Demps was a member of the 4x100-meter relay team that finished second to Jamaica in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He signed a three-year, $1.451 million contract with the Patriots last August and already has received the $211,000 that was guaranteed in the deal.
Then again, the Patriots were extremely optimistic when they signed Demps. Their decision to put him on injured reserve before the start of the season led to speculation (and criticism) that they were "stashing" the running back with the goal of having him NFL-ready for the 2013 season.
Will the Pats show more patience now? We'll find out soon enough.