Gaffney (foot) reached an injury settlement with the Patriots on Friday, Mike Petraglia of WEEI.com reports.
The transaction removes Gaffney from the Patriots' injured reserve. If he can regain his health, it isn't out of the realm of possibility for the running back to resurface with another organization before season's end.
Gaffney (foot) was placed on IR after clearing waivers, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports.
Gaffney will now spend his third consecutive season on the Patriots IR. The young running back has shown promise but has never made it through a preseason healthy and will look to finally be healthy enough to make a roster next season.
Gaffney made some noise early in the preseason and became a person of interest when the Pats announced Dion Lewis (knee) was going to miss 8-to-10 weeks. If Gaffney goes unclaimed, he'll be placed on injured reserve Sunday. This will mark the third consecutive season he's spent on IR.
Gaffney was spotted having his foot/toe looked at on the sideline during Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Assuming his issue isn't major, Gaffney -- who carried six times for 22 yards in the game -- could be on the roster bubble, with the Patriots' final RB spot potentially coming down to him or pass-catching back D.J. Foster, who ran nine times for 22 yards and caught nine passes for 110 yards with a fumble in the contest.
Gaffney gained 35 yards on nine carries in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Perhaps more important than the stat line, Gaffney split first-team work with LeGarrette Blount, who gained 26 yards on five carries and 16 yards on three receptions. Both running back looked pretty good, with Blount ripping off one of his trademark hurdles on a 17-yard run. Despite his strong push, Gaffney probably hasn't done enough to supplant the more-experienced Blount as New England's top power back, with the latter also enjoying a strong preseason. Gaffney does seemingly still have a good shot to earn a roster spot, though it's possible the Patriots could go with pass-catching specialist D.J. Foster instead.
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