Benjamin Watson reportedly likely to return to Patriots

Benjamin Watson reportedly likely to return to Patriots

Patriots tight end Matt LaCosse has an MCL sprain and is expected to miss at least a few weeks, according to the NFL Network's Mike Giardi.

A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Quarterback Tom Brady is probably pleased with the transaction. After releasing veteran tight end Benjamin Watson last week, the defending champion New England Patriots have reportedly re-signed the pass-catcher on Monday.

Watson was suspended for the first four games of the season due to a violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.

It took seven days and another season-ending injury to rookie full back Jakob Johnson, but a roster spot finally opened up for the tight end who is looking to finish off his career on a high note. But with Watson back in the fold, it appears New England may no longer have a need to make a trade at that position. Ben's a great player.

Watson will provide a red-zone target for Brady and will provide some run-blocking support. He's been a great player for this team, for other teams.

"I can't say enough good things about Ben, what he's meant to me, my family, our team". While he won't be eligible to play this week against the New York Jets or next week against the Cleveland Browns, he could conceivably suit up for action against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9 before the Patriots have their bye week, per league rules.

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