Welcome back: Patriots re-sign tight end Ben Watson

Watson was released by the Patriots last week.

The Patriots are reportedly re-signing Ben Watson.
Ben Watson will help out at a depleted spot on the roster. –Barry Chin/The Boston Globe

The Patriots are re-signing tight end Ben Watson just a week after they released him.

The addition comes four days after tight end Matt LaCosse injured his knee against the Giants and coincides with the placement of fullback Jakob Johnson, who has a shoulder injury, on injured reserve.

Last week, after the Patriots released Watson instead of activating him after his four-week suspension to start the season, coach Bill Belichick said the team had to release him because it didn’t have a roster spot for him.

Ben Watson seen here last month at a Patriots’ practice, is back on the roster. —Barry Chin/The Boston Globe
Ben Watson makes a grab during minicamp in June. —Steven Senne/AP