Patriots to sign WR Deion Branch

Jared Wickerham

The New England Patriots will sign Deion Branch after placing Donte' Stallworth on injured reserve.

The New England Patriots reportedly will sign wide receiver Deion Branch after placing Donte' Stallworth on injured reserve on Tuesday according to Albert Breer.

Branch has bounced on and off the Patriots roster this season. He was released on Aug. 31 during the final round of cuts and was re-signed on Sept. 18 prior to their Week 3 game against the Ravens. The Patriots then cut Branch again on Nov. 17. He has appeared in seven games this season and caught nine passes for 80 yards.

Branch began his career on the Patriots in 2002 and was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX, when the Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles and Branch had 11 receptions for 133 yards. The Patriots traded Branch to the Seattle Seahawks in 2006 and traded back for him during the 2010 season. In his 11-year career, he has 511 receptions for 6,579 yards and 39 touchdowns.

Stallworth was placed on IR on Tuesday after suffering a high-ankle sprain on a touchdown reception in his only game with the Patriots on Monday night.

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