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Patriots sign two; Place WR Holt on IR

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots re-signed rookie WR Buddy Farnham and OL Brian Simmons today. In addition, the team placed veteran WR Torry Holt on injured reserve with a knee injury and released rookie DB Ross Ventrone.

Farnham, 6-0, 185 pounds, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Brown on May 3, 2010 and was released on Aug. 9. He was named the Ivy League and New England Player of the Year last season as a senior at Brown.

Simmons, 6-4, 318 pounds, is a rookie free agent out of Oklahoma. He first entered the starting lineup for Oklahoma at left guard as a senior in 2009. Simmons was a part-time starter at both guard positions from 2006-08. He was redshirted in 2005.

Holt, 6-0, 190 pounds, joined the Patriots on April 20 as a veteran of 11 NFL seasons with the St. Louis Rams (1999-2008) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (2009). He has played in 173 career games with 159 starts and ranks 10th in NFL history with 13,382 receiving yards and 11th in receptions with 920. Holt originally joined St. Louis as a first-round draft choice (6th overall) out of North Carolina State in 1999. He was waived by the Rams on March 13, 2009 and was signed by Jacksonville on April 20, 2009. Holt was released by the Jaguars on February 11, 2010.

Ventrone, 5-8, 190 pounds, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Villanova on April 29, 2010. He was a three-year starter at Villanova.

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