Both have the injury designation, so they could be put on injured reserve if they go unclaimed.
The Patriots have already reached an injury settlement with Davis, a league source said. So he won't be returning after hurting his left shoulder against the Saints.
Fletcher, who suffered a torn left ACL against the Saints, has been a contributor on special teams and as a backup linebacker. He is due to become an RFA after this season.
It's similar to the Giants/Jake Ballard situation. The Giants wanted to save a roster spot and hoped to sneak him through waivers. But the Patriots jumped in.
Will someone jump in on Fletcher? They would have to be willing to sacrifice a roster position until at least the 75-man cutdown to do that.
The Patriots could have just put Fletcher on IR outright. Not sure why they didn't do that. Perhaps it's to save a roster spot. Players sent straight to injured reserve likely count toward the roster limit until the cutdown to 75.