It didn’t take long for LaAdrian Waddle to find work.
The Patriots claimed the offensive tackle off waivers from the Lions on Thursday. Waddle started six games for the Lions but he lost his job to Michael Ola. Waddle also was never the same after suffering a torn ACL last season. Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson also was claimed off waivers from the Falcons.
The Patriots also placed running back LeGarrette Blount on injured reserve, losing him for the season after he injured his left hip last weekend on the road against the Texans.
Former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball was signed to the Patriots practice squad.
Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer will miss Sunday’s game against the Colts because of a concussion.
It’s the second concussion in less than a month for Hoyer (Michigan State), who also missed a game after getting one on Nov. 16 against the Bengals. He suffered this concussion after being sacked five times in a 27-6 loss to the Patriots last weekend.
With Hoyer out, the Texans will look to T.J. Yates, who started the last time Hoyer was out and led them to a win. Brandon Weeden will back him up.
... Colts quarterback Andrew Luck did limited work at practice but will not play Sunday against the Texans.
Matt Hasselbeck, 4-2 as Luck’s replacement, did not practice because of a rib injury and appeared to have his left arm immobilized.
If Hasselbeck can’t play, the Colts likely would start Charlie Whitehurst.
... The Bengals promoted Keith Wenning off their practice squad as the backup quarterback.
They’re without starter Andy Dalton (broken thumb) indefinitely. AJ McCarron will make his first NFL start Sunday on the road against the 49ers.
... Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart will not play Sunday against the Giants because of a sprained left foot.
... Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny has been cleared to practice with a broken hand.
... The Bills placed starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore on season-ending injured reserve with a dislocated shoulder.
Refs, league to consult
The NFL will have game referees in the playoffs consult with its director of officiating about the application of rules in situations not currently covered in instant replay reviews.
Those situations will include the appropriate assessment of penalty yardage, proper administration of the game clock, correct downs, and any other administrative matter not currently reviewable.
Dean Blandino, vice president of officiating, will not be able to call a foul or change a call.
“The committee feels strongly that giving the referee and Dean the ability to consult with each other in certain situations beyond instant replay will further support officiating in the playoffs,” said competition committee chairman Rich McKay, president of the Falcons.