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Dane Fletcher | Linebacker

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/14/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 245
College: Montana State
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Buccaneers signed LB Dane Fletcher to a one-year, $2 million contract.
Fletcher, 27, performed spot duty at both inside and outside linebacker in New England, but will likely focus on special teams in Tampa Bay. He recorded eight tackles on kickoff and punt coverage with the Patriots last season. Mar 16 - 3:22 PM

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Free agent LB Dane Fletcher will visit with the Raiders on Sunday.

Fletcher was mostly limited to special teams during his four-year tenure with the Patriots, but is also capable of filling in as a reserve linebacker. In addition to the Raiders, Fletcher has also been linked to the Bucs.
Mar 15 - 5:39 PM

Patriots LB Dane Fletcher (knee surgery) is participating in OTAs.

Per reporter Field Yates, Fletcher wasn't showing "any signs of limitations." He missed all of 2012 with a torn ACL. He's returning as a reserve linebacker and special teamer.
Source: ESPN Boston
Tue, May 21, 2013 02:42:00 PM

Patriots re-signed LB Dane Fletcher to a one-year contract.

Fletcher was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason, but the Patriots finalized a deal before he was able to talk to other teams on March 12. The third-year pro missed the entire 2012 season with a torn ACL, but his recovery is said to be on a "positive course." Fletcher will return as a key reserve and special teams player.
Source: ESPN Boston
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 03:02:00 PM

Patriots restricted free agent LB Dane Fletcher (ACL surgery) believes he can be recovered in time to put in a full offseason.

Fletcher tore his ACL while covering the first punt of the preseason opener. The Patriots begin OTAs in April, and Fletcher will be eight months removed from surgery by then. New England will look to retain Fletcher as a reserve and special teamer, likely with a second-round or "original pick" restricted tender.
Sat, Jan 26, 2013 01:24:00 PM

Patriots placed LB Dane Fletcher (ACL surgery) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Fletcher went unclaimed after being placed on waivers, and won't count against the 53-man roster. The special teamer was set to open the year as the primary backup to MLB Brandon Spikes.
Wed, Aug 15, 2012 11:49:00 AM

Patriots waived/injured LB Dane Fletcher.

Fletcher tore his ACL in Thursday's preseason opener. The special teamer and reserve linebacker was set to serve as MLB Brandon Spikes' primary backup. Fletcher is scheduled for restricted free agency in 2013.
Mon, Aug 13, 2012 06:01:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Patriots LB Dane Fletcher sustained a torn left ACL in Thursday's preseason opener.

Fletcher drew the start in the middle with Brandon Spikes sitting out. Following the injury, rookie Dont'a Hightower moved from the strong side to Fletcher's spot. The injury will increase the responsibilities of veteran Bobby Carpenter, who was signed for depth and versatility. Fletcher was expected to be Spikes' primary backup this season.
Thu, Aug 9, 2012 09:32:00 PM

Patriots LB Dane Fletcher (thumb) is expected to shed his cast in the next few days.

Fletcher was strong in training camp last year and, with Brandon Spikes injured, was the frontrunner to start at middle linebacker. An injury to his right thumb, however, held him under 300 snaps for the season. The 25-year-old will enter camp as Spikes' primary backup and a special teams contributor.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sun, Apr 8, 2012 08:50:00 AM

Patriots LB Dane Fletcher has had more than one thumb surgery, sources tell the Boston Globe.

Fletcher, a second-year undrafted free agent out of Montana State, hasn't played since Oct. 16. He's still wearing a hard cast on his right hand.
Thu, Dec 8, 2011 09:02:00 AM

Patriots LB Dane Fletcher (thumb) returned to practice Tuesday.

Fletcher starred at middle linebacker in the Patriots' 4-3 looks while Brandon Spikes was sidelined for the first preseason game. It's unclear what his role will be with Spikes also returning to practice.
Tue, Aug 30, 2011 01:53:00 PM

Patriots LB Dane Fletcher's right hand is in a cast after injuring his thumb in last week's game.

Since its the Pats, it's not clear how long Fletcher will be sidelined. He had enjoyed a strong camp as well as an impressive performance in the first preseason game. Fletcher was working as the Pats' starting middle linebacker in 4-3 fronts with Brandon Spikes sidelined by an undisclosed injury.
Sun, Aug 21, 2011 05:45:00 PM

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