Patriots sign WR Austin Collie
The New England Patriots have signed veteran wide receiver Austin Collie, according to a league source.
Collie, who will wear No. 10 for the team, was spotted at Thursday's practice during the media availability, though the team has not yet officially announced the move.
The veteran wide receiver spent training camp with the 49ers before being released during the team's final cut downs. He has worked out for other teams since that time, but will now have a chance to contribute in New England, where four of the team's six wide receivers were on Wednesday's injury report.
Originally a 2009 fourth-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts, the 27-year-old Collie was limited to just one game during the 2012 season due to a ruptured patellar tendon. He has also dealt with concussions in recent seasons.
When healthy, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound receiver has been a productive player, as he totaled 172 receptions during his first three NFL seasons, all with the Colts. His best season came during his rookie year in 2009 during which managed 60 catches for 676 yards while catching passes from Peyton Manning.
The Patriots have been without their top receiver, Danny Amendola, since Week 1, as he has missed three straight games due to a groin issue. A pair of rookie receivers, Kenbrell Thompkins (shoulder) and Aaron Dobson (neck), suffered injuries in Week 4 that limited them during practice on Wednesday.
The status of all three is unclear for Week 5, though Collie provides insurance and experience at the position.