FOXBORO -- The Patriots had a new face working out with their receivers on Thursday. Tthe Patriots have signed free-agent wideout Austin Collie, Tom E. Curran confirms.
Patriots fans will remember Collie from his days with the Indianapolis Colts between 2009 and 2012. Collie spent training camp with the San Francisco 49ers and was released at the end of August during final roster cuts.
The Patriots reportedly worked out Collie in June. He has had a history of concussion issues.
He also suffered a ruptured patellar tendon which ended his season last season. When healthy, Collie has been productive, but he has missed 22 games in his last three seasons.
Four of the Patriots' six receivers were listed on Wendesday's injury report -- Slater, Aaron Dobson (neck), Kenbrell Thompkins (shoulder) and Danny Amendola (groin) -- making Collie somewhat of a veteran insurance policy.
ESPN was first to report the signing.