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Patriots activate WR Johnson, release WR Baker

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Sept. 1, 2005) -- The New England Patriots activated wide receiver Bethel Johnson from the preseason physically unable to perform list and released wide receiver Eugene Baker.

Johnson, a second-round draft choice in 2003, caught a touchdown pass in the playoffs as a rookie when the Patriots won the Super Bowl. In two seasons, he has 26 receptions and returned 71 kickoffs for an average of 26.2 yards and two touchdowns.

Baker was signed as a veteran free agent after being released July 28 by Carolina, where he spent the past two seasons. He also was with Atlanta for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. The Falcons drafted him out of Kent State in the fifth round in 1999 and he has played in eight games with seven receptions for 118 yards.

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