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Patriots announce return of Austin Collie, place Josh Boyce on IR

01.02.14 at 4:57 pm ET
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The Patriots announced Thursday afternoon they have placed rookie wide receiver Josh Boyce on injured reserve, and re-signed veteran Austin Collie.

Boyce, 22, was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round (102nd overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Texas Christian. The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder played in nine games with three starts and finished his rookie season with nine receptions for 121 yards. He also returned nine kickoffs for 214 yards.

This is the third time Collie has been picked up by the Patriots. He was originally signed by the Patriots on Oct. 3 and then released on Nov. 5 before being re-signed on Dec. 5. He was released for the second time by the Patriots on Dec. 27.

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, 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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