Patriots WR Julian Edelman cleared to return from PUP list to practice

FOXBOROUGH — Patriots head coach Bill Belichick confirmed during his news conference Thursday that wide receiver Julian Edleman, who started out training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, had been medically cleared to return to practice.

Edelman, who played in nine games last season (three starts) and made 21 catches for 235 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, missed the last four games of the regular-season and the Patriots’ playoff run to the AFC Championship Game after suffering a fractured right foot in a game at Miami Dec. 4, 2012.

Idle since that setback, Edelman gained medical clearance to begin working as the Patriots embarked on their second week of training camp at Gillette Stadium.

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The Patriots announced they had signed four players and released DB Stephon Morris, who pulled up with a right hamstring injury in Tuesday’s practice in full pads.

The team signed free agent DL Travis Carpenter, a 6-5, 263-pounder out of Missouri State; WR Johnathan Haggerty, who had originally signed as a rookie free agent with Cleveland, WR Lavasier Tuinei, a 6-4, 200-pounder from Oregon who signed as a rookie free agent with the Seahawks, and OL Scott Vallone, a 6-3, 275-pound rookie free agent from Rutgers.