Stallworth's role a work in progress

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Veteran wide receiver Donte' Stallworth has been re-added to the fold in Foxborough, and will wear the same number 19 that he was issued when he signed with the Patriots this offseason (and wore until he was released at the conclusion of training camp).

With Julian Edelman (foot) now on injured reserve, Stallworth looks primed to absorb a third wide receiver role, and could even be used on special teams as a return player, something we saw him do at times during the preseason.

For now, Stallworth's role remains a work in progress, according to head coach Bill Belichick.

"I don't know," he said on Wednesday. "We'll see how it goes this week, we'll see what his role ends up being this week. We haven't seen him for three months, so we'll put him out there in practice, go through some things and see how it goes. We'll do what we think is best for the team this week."

Meanwhile, quarterback Tom Brady is happy to see the familiar face back in the locker room.

"Donte’ has an opportunity to come back and it’s always nice to see a familiar face and some people that have played within our system and kind of understand the expectations for that position," he told the media during his weekly press conference at Gillette Stadium. "Donte’ is really a professional, so it was great to see him.”

In 2007, Stallworth's first stint with the Patriots, he finished with 46 catches for 697 yards and three scores.