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Isaia returns, Osborne released

The Patriots brought back Sale Isaia, the team's starting right guard in 2000. In a subsequent move, defensive tackle Chuck Osborne was released.

Isaia played 15 games last season, including 13 starts at right guard. He was signed on Aug. 30 and by Week Two was in the starting lineup. He and Joe Andruzzi came in off the street after training camp to help solidify a very shaky offensive line. Andruzzi was added on Sept. 9 and started 11 games at left guard before a season-ending injury.

Isaia was let go during the offseason as New England added several veterans and young linemen. However, the retirement of Joe Panos and injuries to Andruzzi, Mike Compton and Matt Light have left the offensive line short of bodies in practice. All four of those players were expected to fight for starting jobs.

Osborne signed with the Patriots late last year, but never played. He was deactivated for each of the final two games of the season. Osborne has been nagged by a leg injury and did not practice for the past several days.

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