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Leonard Hankerson’s short stay in New England is ending

Receiver Leonard Hankerson is about to be available, again. Per a league source, the Patriots will be waiving Hankerson on Saturday.

The fifth-year wideout had a fairly promising start to his time with the Falcons in 2015. An injury caused him to land on IR, and the Falcons recently decided to release him.

Enter the receiver-needy Patriots, who scooped Hankerson up on waivers on December 17. Hankerson was active for Sunday’s game against the Titans. He played in the game, but he caught no passes and was targeted zero times.

Hankerson will now revert to waivers. Given, however, that the Patriots obtained his contract via waivers only nine days ago, it’s unlikely that anyone below the 12-2 Pats in the pecking order who didn’t make a claim after Hankerson was waived by the Falcons will make one now.

The good news for Hankerson is that he was on the roster long enough to get a game check for this week. Whether he’s on a roster next week remains to be seen. If he clears waivers, he becomes a free agent.