Stallworth agrees to deal with Pats

December, 3, 2012
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After receiver Julian Edelman injured his foot in Sunday's win over the Dolphins and left the stadium with the aid of crutches, the Patriots have agreed to bring back a familiar face to help replace him.

Veteran Donte' Stallworth, who was with the Patriots in 2007 and also in 2012 training camp, has agreed to a deal with the team, a source confirms.

The Patriots, who were thin at receiver before Edelman's foot injury, worked out the 32-year-old Stallworth last week.

Pro Football Talk first reported the agreement.

In August, Patriots coach Bill Belichick raved about Stallworth's work in Patriots training camp.

"I think Donte' has had a solid camp," Belichick said at the time. "He's shown that he still has his speed. Athletic. Gets down the field well. And he's tough; he comes in and blocks. Is good with the ball in his hands. I think he's been very competitive with that group."

Fellow veteran Deion Branch was another candidate to re-sign, but he has been slowed by a hamstring injury. Branch still has a locker set up inside the the team's locker room.

Patriots WRs
Wes Welker
Brandon Lloyd
Donte' Stallworth
Matthew Slater
Julian Edelman (injured)

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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