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Patriots re-sign veteran DL Andre Carter

  • New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (95) and newly reacquired defensive end Andre Carter (96), right, run during a stretching and drills session before practice begins at the NFL football team's facility in  Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Patriots will play the Miami Dolphins Sunday. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (95) and newly reacquired defensive end Andre Carter (96), right, run during a stretching and drills session before practice begins at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Patriots will play the Miami Dolphins Sunday. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, (95) and defensive end Andre Carter, left, stand next to each other during a stretching and drills session before practice begins at the NFL football team's facility in  Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Patriots re-signed Carter on Wednesday. The Patriots will play the Miami Dolphins Sunday. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, (95) and defensive end Andre Carter, left, stand next to each other during a stretching and drills session before practice begins at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Patriots re-signed Carter on Wednesday. The Patriots will play the Miami Dolphins Sunday. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (95) and newly reacquired defensive end Andre Carter (96), right, run during a stretching and drills session before practice begins at the NFL football team's facility in  Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Patriots will play the Miami Dolphins Sunday. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
  • New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, (95) and defensive end Andre Carter, left, stand next to each other during a stretching and drills session before practice begins at the NFL football team's facility in  Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Patriots re-signed Carter on Wednesday. The Patriots will play the Miami Dolphins Sunday. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Carter returns

T he New England Patriots re-signed veteran defensive lineman Andre Carter.

He had 10 sacks for the Patriots in 2011, his only season with them, and was chosen to his first Pro Bowl. He played for Oakland in 2012, his 12th NFL season, but has been a free agent since being released Aug. 31.

The Patriots have been without starting defensive tackles Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly. Wilfork went on season-ending injured reserve on Oct. 3 with a torn right Achilles tendon. Kelly has missed the last two games with a knee injury.

Carter said it is up to coaches whether he plays Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

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