Patriots re-sign Deion Branch

Updated: December 12, 2012, 1:09 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have re-signed veteran receiver Deion Branch, the team announced Wednesday.

Branch's return could be filed in the "worst-kept-secret" category, as his Gillette Stadium locker has been intact with personal belongings since his release Nov. 17. Branch had a hamstring injury at the time of his release.

Branch played in seven games for the Patriots this season, totaling 332 snaps as a No. 3 option behind Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker. He has ...

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