The Patriots had an open roster spot, and they filled it with a familiar face on Thursday.
The Patriots signed linebacker A.J. Edds, who was previously with the team for a short stint in 2011. Edds, who was originally a fourth-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2010, played in just two games with the Patriots, recording just one tackle, before being demoted to the practice squad and signing with the Indianapolis Colts.
Edds, 25, spent most of 2011 season with the Colts, totalling 12 tackles in nine games. He tore the ACL in his right knee during training camp in 2012 and was placed on season-ending injured reserve. It was the second time he tore the ACL in his right knee, as he missed his rookie season with the same injury.
The Patriots had an open spot on their roster after waiving rookie running back Akeem Shavers on Wednesday.