Cohen excited to be back with Patriots

September, 21, 2011
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Elsa/Getty ImagesDefensive tackle Landon Cohen appeared in two games for the Patriots last season.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots added a familiar face to an ailing defensive line Wednesday, bringing back defensive tackle Landon Cohen.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Cohen spent the end of last season with New England, appearing in the final three games of the season. He was among New England's final roster cuts earlier this month.

"I’m happy to be here, happy for the opportunity, and ready to get in the game plan for Buffalo," said Cohen.

The Patriots' defensive line is playing without Mike Wright (concussion), while Myron Pryor was injured Sunday against the Chargers, appearing on just seven snaps before departing the game.

Cohen got picked up by Seattle after being released by New England, but lasted just a week there. He said he's been back in Jacksonville, where he spent two games with the Jaguars last season, just waiting to see what was next.

"It’s just when they need you, they’ll call," said Cohen. "And you just have to be ready."

Cohen signed with the Patriots on Dec. 22, 2010. He appeared in the final two regular-season games, registering three tackles, and even appeared for a couple snaps during the playoff loss to the New York Jets. He said that familiarity makes the return a little easier.

"It’s cool, man, I’m just excited about learning what they’ve got going on for this week, so I can help out the best way I can," he said.

The Ohio University product, who was originally drafted by the Lions in the seventh round (216th overall) of the 2008 draft, spent two seasons with Detroit, appearing in 20 games, including four starts, while registering 18 of his 22 career tackles.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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