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Patriots welcome veteran WR Wayne

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) New England Patriots players are looking forward to having veteran wide receiver and former rival Reggie Wayne on their team.

There was no announcement by late afternoon by the team, but coach Bill Belichick, making his weekly appearance on WEEI in Boston, said Monday, ''I think we've agreed. I've had several (conversations) with him. We'll see how it goes.''

Wayne, who turns 37 in November, caught 64 catches for 779 yards in 2014, his poorest season. He wanted to play his 15th straight season with the Colts, who informed him they were going in another direction.

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There hadn't been much movement for Wayne, who is seventh in NFL career receptions (1,070, 82 for touchdowns) and eighth in yardage (14,345), but the Patriots have been battling through injuries in the preseason and the need was there.

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