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Patriots re-sign Denson to provide insurance

Guard Damon Denson re-signed with the New England Patriots Wednesday after two offensive linemen suffered injuries in the season-opening game.

Denson was among the final players cut in the preseason when he was let go on Sept. 5 when the team needed to get down to 53 players. Injuries to Heath Irwin (knee) and Zefross Moss (ankle) left New England thin on the front line.

"We don't know who we're going to have available to us [Sunday]," Head Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday. "We'll start working some combinations, and we have some flexibility. Max [Lane] can play guard or tackle if necessary. If either Zefross or Heath can't play, the Max will start in their spot. Damon is obviously a guard. We have to see how we want to mix things around."

Moss and Irwin are both listed as questionable for Sunday's game with Indianapolis. Denson, Derrick Fletcher and Ed Ellis may all be used against a Colts defense that sacked Doug Flutie five times in the first week of the season.

"They are a pressure-oriented team, and that's what they did against Buffalo," Carroll said. "They have blitzes, rush zones and other defenses that all create mix-ups and very hard combinations and number counts [for the offensive line]."

The dinged up line also faces a difficult task in establishing a running game against a team that allowed just 47 yards on the ground against Buffalo.

"We were not effective running the football last week," Carroll said. "Judging from what they did last week, it's going to be difficult for us [to run the football]. They just killed the run last week."

Rookie wide receiver Sean Morey was waived to create a roster spot for Denson. Morey was listed as an inactive player in the opener, and the team will likely sign him to the practice squad if he clears waivers.

Ed Conti, a rookie free agent wide receiver out of Delaware, was released from the practice squad to make room for Morey's potential signing.

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