Source: Bobby Carpenter set to return to Patriots

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Source: Bobby Carpenter set to return to Patriots

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

USA TODAY predicts 19-0 season for Patriots

USA TODAY predicts 19-0 season for Patriots

You can add USA TODAY to the Patriots' undefeated season bandwagon.

In its annual projections before NFL teams report to training camps this week, USA TODAY has the Patriots going 16-0 in the regular season, then beating the AFC West's L.A. Chargers and Oakland Raiders in the playoffs before capping a perfect 19-0 season with a Super Bowl 52 victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Minneapolis.

Here's their Pats' regular-season rundown from USA TODAY NFL writer Nate Davis:

New England Patriots (16-0): Is it bold? Sure. Kinda. But it's not like Tom Brady hasn't gone 16-0 before ... (and, really, wouldn't he and Bill Belichick secretly love to add 19-0 to their otherwise incomparable resumes?). And from the FWIW department, Brady went 14-1 last season and appears to be surrounded by an even better cast now, especially if Rob Gronkowski is, in fact, back to 100%. 

Pats wide receiver Julian Edelman called the 19-0 talk "stupid" last week. Bill Belichick is almost guaranteed to dismiss it if and when he's asked about it this week.