With starting tight end Rob Gronkowski suffering what the Patriots fear is a torn ACL according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the team will bring back tight end D.J. Williams, a league source confirms. Williams is en route to the team on Monday and must pass a physical to officially sign.
The Boston Globe first reported the news.
Williams, who was released last Wednesday after one week with the team, played three offensive snaps in a Week 13 win over the Houston Texans. A former fifth-round pick of the Packers out of Arkansas in 2010, he has also spent time with the Jaguars.
Without Gronkowski, the Patriots' depth at tight end will be tested. Michael Hoomanawanui has missed three straight games while nursing a knee injury, while fullback James Develin has also taken some reps at the position.
Veteran Matthew Mulligan played a season-high 39 snaps on Sunday in the team's 27-26 win over the Browns.
A corresponding roster move will need to be made to officially sign Williams.