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WR Collie returns to Patriots

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The New England Patriots re-signed wide receiver Austin Collie again on Thursday because injury questions continue at the position as they prepare for the playoffs.

Wide receiver Josh Boyce was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury, creating a roster spot for Collie.

Boyce did not play in either of the Patriots' final two regular-season games. Aaron Dobson is also hurting and his availability for the divisional playoffs is uncertain.

Collie was originally signed by the Patriots on Oct. 3, then released on Nov. 5. He was re-signed on Dec. 5 when injuries left the Patriots short at the wide receiver position, then released again on Dec. 27.

Collie, 28, played in seven games for the Patriots, including one start. He has six receptions for 63 yards this season.

Collie is in his fifth NFL season after spending four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.

He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 2, 2013, but was released by the 49ers on Aug. 31.

The Patriots have the No. 2 AFC playoff seed and earned a bye this week.
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