FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots have confirmed the signing of veteran defensive end Andre Carter, who was first with the team in the 2011 season.
The 34-year-old Carter is a 12-year veteran who spent last season with the Raiders.
In 2011, the Patriots signed him for pass-rush help and Carter delivered, with 10 sacks, two forced fumbles, and 59 total tackles in 14 games. He was placed on injured reserve with a quad injury in December of that season, but his performance led to his first Pro Bowl selection.
A first-round draft pick (seventh overall) of the 49ers in 2001, Carter was with San Francisco through 2005 before signing with the Redskins in 2006.
Carter takes the spot on the 53-man roster that opened when the Patriots released defensive tackle Andre Neblett Monday.
New England also signed defensive tackle Sealver Siliga to the practice squad. The 23-year-old, listed at 6 feet 2 inches, 325 pounds, has spent time with the 49ers, Broncos, and Seahawks. To make room for Siliga on the practice squad, the Patriots released cornerback Travis Howard.