By Marc Weinreich
October 03, 2013

The Patriots signed former Colts wide receiver Austin Collie on Thursday. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) The Patriots addressed a lack of depth at wide receiver with the addition of Austin Collie. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots signed wide receiver Austin Collie on Thursday, according to a tweet from ESPN Boston reporter Field Yates.

The move will give the Pats another option alongside Julian Edelman as well as some insurance for the team while Danny Amendola continues to rehab a groin injury and remains out indefinitely. As of Wednesday, four of the team's six wide receivers were on the injury report.

To clear a roster spot for Collie, the Patriots could look at placing Vince Wilfork on the IR, according to Yates. The defensive tackle tore his Achilles tendon Sunday and will miss the rest of the season.

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Collie spent three years with the Indianapolis Colts after a standout college career at BYU, in which he led the NCAA in receiving yards during the 2008 season.

The 27-year-old signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers at the beginning of August but was kept off the roster at the end of the month during final cuts. Earlier in the summer, he worked out with the Patriots.

Last season, Collie missed all but one game because of a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee, and he has suffered multiple concussions throughout his four years in the league. For his career, Collie has 173 catches for 1,845 yards and 16 touchdowns. From 2009 to 2011, he caught at least 54 passes each season for the Colts.

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