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Pats look at Orleans Darkwa, Charles Sims, Brandon Tate

Minnesota Vikings v New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 31: Brandon Tate #19 of the New England Patriots runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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Injuries to guys like Jeremy Hill (IR), Sony Michel (knee), and Rex Burkhead (concussion) have opened the door for a couple of potential additions to the Patriots.

Per Mike Reiss of, running backs Orleans Darkwa and Charles Sims were due to work out for the Pats on Tuesday.

Also getting a workout was receiver Brandon Tate (pictured). A former third-round pick of the Patriots, he spent two years in New England, five in Cincinnati, and the last two in Buffalo.

The Patriots have considered a variety of pass catchers as they try to get through the first four games without Julian Edelman, who is suspended, and Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola, and Malcolm Mitchell, who are long gone.