Patriots re-sign Deion Branch

Branch's return could be filed in the "worst-kept-secret" category, as his Gillette Stadium locker has been intact with personal belongings since his release Nov. 17. Branch had a hamstring injury at the time of his release. Branch played in seven

for us, and we have confidence in him," coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday. The Patriots had two open roster spots after releasing tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and placing receiver Donte' Stallworth (ankle) on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday.

The New England Patriots destroyed the Houston Texans Monday night to stake their claim as the AFC's best.

Branch's return could be filed in the "worst-kept-secret" category, as his Gillette Stadium locker has been intact with personal belongings since his release Nov. 17. Branch had a hamstring injury at the time of his release. Branch played in seven

Sharon High School's Dave Morse has been named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year in recognition of his team's EMass Division 3 Super Bowl victory over Wayland, 12-3, on Saturday, Dec. 1. In just his second season at Sharon High