Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/11/12
When Deion Branch was released on Nov. 17 to make room for Greg Salas, the question wasn’t if he was going to return to the Patriots, but when. That question has been resolved. The Patriots are set to re-sign Branch, according to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe. Branch played in seven games with New England this season, while starting three. He has nine receptions for 80 yards on the season without a touchdown. Branch was reportedly ailing with a hamstring injury prior to his November release. The Patriots now have Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Matthew Slater and Branch in their receiving corps. They have an open spot on their roster following the release of Visanthe Shiancoe.

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