BOSTON (CBS) – The New England Patriots have officially signed veteran defensive end Andre Carter, the team announced Wednesday morning.
In addition, the Patriots have signed DT Sealver Siliga to the practice squad and released CB Travis Howard from the practice squad.
The 34-year-old Carter was with the Patriots during the 2011 season and earned his first Pro Bowl selection after registering 10 sacks in 14 games, the fourth time he registered double-digit sacks in his career.
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Carter finished the 2011 season with 59 total tackles and two forced fumbles before being placed on injured reserve. Originally the seventh overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2001, the 6-foot-4, 260-pounder Carter has played 12 NFL seasons with San Francisco (2001-05), the Washington Redskins (2006-10), Patriots in 2011 and the Oakland Raiders in 2012.
Carter was released by Oakland on August 31, 2013. He played in 12 games last season and finished with 13 total tackles and 2.5 sacks.
Carter has played in 175 career games with 147 starts and has accumulated 517 total tackles, 66 sacks, 30 passes defensed, 15 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
Carter’s presence will be a welcome addition to a Patriots defensive line that has been ravaged by injuries lately. Tommy Kelly has missed the last two weeks with a knee injury, while Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork done for the season with an Achilles injury.
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