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Pats re-sign LB Bobby Carpenter

The New England Patriots re-signed linebacker Bobby Carpenter and released defensive lineman Terrell McClain on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Carpenter signed with the Patriots in April, but was released following training camp. A 2006 first-round pick by Dallas, Carpenter has totaled 165 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks in 89 career games with the Cowboys, Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions.

McClain joined the Patriots last week and played a reserve role in Sunday's win at Buffalo. He started 12 games for the Carolina Panthers last season.

The Patriots also made two transactions involving the practice squad, signing tight end Alex Silvestro and releasing offensive lineman Thomas Austin.