Austin Collie signs with New England Patriots

Austin Collie in a preseason game. (Jay Biggerstaff / AP) Austin Collie in a preseason game. (Jay Biggerstaff / AP)

The New England Patriots have added an experienced receiving option for quarterback Tom Brady, signing veteran Austin Collie today.

The move was made out of necessity, with four of the Patriots’ six wide receivers on the injury report Wednesday. Collie, drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2007, has had his share of injuries over the years and was released by the San Francisco 49ers just before the season began. He has had concussions and played only one game last year after rupturing his patellar tendon. ESPN first reported the signing, citing an unnamed source.

Collie told USA Today last spring that he would “sign a waiver” absolving teams from legal responsibility if he were to suffer another concussion while playing.

The Patriots have not had Danny Amendola, signed to replace Wes Welker, since the first week of the season and rookies Kenbrell Thompkins (shoulder) and Aaron Dobson (neck) were limited Wednesday.

New England plays the Bengals at Cincinnati on Sunday.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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