Wide receiver Deion Branch has re-signed with the New England Patriots, the Boston Globe reported Tuesday.
Branch was one of the Patriots' final cuts during the preseason, but his name was never removed from his Patriots locker, which is right next to Tom Brady's.
The move comes two days after the loss of tight end Aaron Hernandez, who could be out up to four weeks with an ankle injury.
Branch, 33, had 51 receptions for the Patriots last season, when he started 15 games.
The Patriots released wide receiver Greg Salas earlier Tuesday.