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Patriots release WR Austin Collie for a second time

12.27.13 at 4:43 pm ET
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FOXBORO — One day after releasing defensive back Marquice Cole for a fourth time this season, the Patriots cut ties with veteran receiver Austin Collie on Friday for a second time in 2013. The move leaves the Patriots with just 51 players on their active roster, two shy of the limit.

The Patriots added depth at both running back and slot receiver on Friday when they signed Sam McGuffie to their practice squad.

Collie, who was at practice with the Patriots Friday, was originally signed by the Patriots on Oct. 3 and then released on Nov. 5 before being re-signed on Dec. 5 following the injuries to Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins. Dobson returned last week for the first time in four games while Thompkins missed his third straight game Sunday with a hip injury.

Collie, 28, is in his fifth NFL season after spending four seasons with Indianapolis (2009-12). The 6-foot, 204-pounder originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick (127th overall) of the Colts out of Brigham Young in 2009. He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 2, 2013, but was released by the 49ers on Aug. 31.

Collie has played in 49 NFL games with 17 starts and has registered 179 receptions for 1,908 yards and 16 touchdowns. He played in seven games with one start for the Patriots and registered six receptions for 63 yards.

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