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Branch returns to Foxborough, attends first practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Deion Branch is back at practice with the New England Patriots.

The wide receiver drafted by the Patriots in 2002 passed his physical Tuesday after being traded by the Seattle Seahawks for a fourth-round draft pick. Four years earlier, New England had traded him to Seattle.

Branch and Tom Brady walked onto the field together then stretched with their teammates before the quarterbacks began throwing. Branch and Brady connected on multiple passes during practice.

The Patriots needed an experienced wide receiver after trading Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings last Wednesday.

In his first stint with the Patriots, Branch was MVP of the 2005 Super Bowl and caught 213 passes in 53 regular-season games.

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