A source was able to confirm Tom E. Curran's report that the Patriots will be re-signing Bobby Carpenter.
The linebacker was signed by New England in April as a free agent. He went through all the rigors of training camp before falling victim to final roster cuts. The move was somewhat as a surprise at the time as he'd performed well enough to be considered solid depth for the position.
It seems the Patriots now need it.
Dont'a Hightower played just nine snaps Sunday against Buffalo before suffering a hamstring injury. The team announced his return as questionable, but the rookie came back to the bench only to sit, helmet off, for the rest of the game.
Carpenter will provide the insurance needed if Hightower will need to miss time.
More information will be available Wednesday after the team begins practicing again.
Bobby Carpenter expected back in Foxboro this week to shore up linebacker group in case Hightower hammy is big issue. Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) October 2, 2012
Source tells me Patriots will indeed be bringing back Bobby Carpenter, as @tomecurran noted earlier. Mary Paoletti (@Mary_Paoletti) October 2, 2012