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Patriots re-sign Branch to help battered WR corps

New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch responds to a reporter's question during a media availability in front of his locker at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch responds to a reporter's question during a media availability in front of his locker at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

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The New England Patriots re-signed Deion Branch for their battered corps of wide receivers.

They signed him for the second time this season yesterday after Donte’ Stallworth joined Julian Edelman on injured reserve. Stallworth hurt his ankle in Monday night’s 42-14 win over the Houston Texans. Edelman suffered a foot injury in the previous game, a 23-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

The Patriots first cut Branch on Aug. 31, re-signed him after their second game, then released him Nov. 17 after the ninth game. He has nine catches for 80 yards in seven games.

The Patriots also announced the signing of rookie wide receiver-kick returner Tony Logan to the practice squad.

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