Long snapper Aiken back with Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Long snapper Danny Aiken is present at Gillette Stadium this morning, an indication that he has been re-signed by the New England Patriots five days after the club waived him. This positions Aiken to be the club's primary snapper for the fourth straight year.

The Patriots flirted with a change at the position in recent days, risking the loss of Aiken, who worked out for the Broncos on Tuesday.

But part of the team's thinking was probably that Aiken was a safe bet to return, and by opening up a roster spot over the last five days, it created an opportunity to bring a player at another position aboard.

With Aiken now back with the Patriots, the club has one other open roster spot. Linebacker Chris White, a core special-teamer who was waived Sunday, is one candidate to fill it.