Stung by season-ending injuries early in the year to defensive linemen Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly, the Patriots needed help, and turned to Andre Carter, who spent the 2011 season with the team. He signed after that season with Oakland, and was still with the Raiders in August during training camp before being released.
But Carter kept himself in shape, just in case. And when the Patriots reached a point of “in case of emergency, break glass,” Carter happily became their man. He signed Oct. 23, seven games into the season.
“He’s a smart guy, he works hard, and he really cares,” said coach Bill Belichick. “He’s just a good guy to have on your team, good guy to be around.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.