FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots signed TE Carson Butler to the practice squad today.
Butler, 22, spent the majority of the 2010 season on the New England practice squad and went to camp with the team this past summer before being released on Sept. 2, 2011. Butler, 6-4, 260 pounds, originally was signed by the Green Bay Packers as a rookie free agent out of Michigan in 2009. He was waived by Green Bay in late July and signed by the Detroit Lions in early August. After being waived by Detroit prior to the start of the 2009 regular season, he spent parts of the year on the practice squads of San Francisco and Cincinnati. Butler signed with the New York Giants in January of 2010 but was waived in June. He originally was signed by the Patriots on Aug. 2, 2010.