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Tight end Benjamin Watson back at Patriots practice one week after release

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Tight end Benjamin Watson back at Patriots practice one week after release

Benjamin Watson has returned to the New England Patriots ... again.

Even though the Patriots haven't officially announced Watson has re-signed, the veteran tight end was spotted during the portion of Tuesday's practice that's open to the media.

Watson was signed by the Patriots in May following a brief retirement. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season because of a failed drug test, but didn't play in Week 5 despite being eligible. He was released the day after New England's Week 5 win over the Washington Redskins.

The Patriots certainly could use additional depth at tight end. Matt LaCosse has battled injury throughout the preseason and regular season, and he wasn't spotted during the media portion of Tuesday's session. The 27-year-old tight end is dealing with a knee injury.

LaCosse and Ryan Izzo have played the majority of the tight end snaps this season, and neither has made a profound impact in the passing attack. These two players have combined for just 13 receptions, 169 receiving yards and one touchdown through six games.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said last Tuesday it was "tough" to hear the news of Watson's release, so you can bet the six-time Super Bowl champion is happy the veteran tight end is back in the fold.

The Patriots will play the rival New York Jets in Week 7 on Monday Night Football.

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Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week. 

The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Patriots-Bengals Preview from Tom E. Curran: No cinch in Cincy

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Patriots-Bengals Preview from Tom E. Curran: No cinch in Cincy

Here we have two teams at opposite ends of the food chain. The 10-3 Patriots and the 1-12 Bengals. Unfortunately, they have one thing in common. Neither one scores much. The Bengals high for the season is 23 points and that was in Week 4. They’ve only scored more than 20 points twice. 

The Patriots have scored fewer than three offensive touchdowns in five out of six games and the lone game they scored three – in Houston – two came in the very late stages after falling behind 21-3. So this game has the potential to look like a Patriots-Bengals from the not-so-distant past. Not the “On to Cincinnati” game people remember from 2014, but the ugly slog in the rain a year earlier when the Patriots lost 13-6 at Cincy. 

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So many elements are the same now for the Patriots offense – limited talent at wideout and a lack of protection up front. 

Because of the Patriots' offensive struggles, what seemed for months like a simple walkover has the potential to be uncomfortably competitive.