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Patriots sign WR Andre Holmes to practice squad

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  January 8, 2013 12:04 PM

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FOXBOROUGH --- The Patriots announced Tuesday the signing of wide receiver Andre Holmes to the practice squad.

Holmes, 24, was originally drafted out of HIllsdale in 2011 as a rookie free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. The 6-foot-4-inch, 223-pounder was released by the Vikings after training camp and signed by the Cowboys to their practice squad.

Holmes was signed to the 53-man roster late in 2011 but inactive for the final four games of the season. He made the 53-man roster out of training camp this season and played in seven games and made two receptions for 11 yards. He was released by the Cowboys on Nov. 25 and re-signed to the practice squad Nov. 27.

With the the Patriots preparing to host the No. 3-seeded Houston Texans Sunday in an AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, Holmes was ostensibly brought aboard to help give New England's defense a good look by simulating the physical size of Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson.

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