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Michael Bush set to visit New England Patriots

The New England Patriots will continue their search for a complementary running back

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NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Michael Bush will visit the Patriots, per a source informed of the team's plans. 

The Patriots still are looking for a goal-line back after the bruising LeGarrette Blount departed for Pittsburgh last week. Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley stand to be featured in the Patriots' attack, but New England regularly utilizes three backs. Ridley isn't reliable in the red zone with his well-chronicled ball-security issues, and Vereen was often split out wide as a "Joker" last season as one of Tom Brady's favorite targets.

Bush is a dependable short-yardage tailback at 6-foot-1, 245 pounds, and he would provide insurance for the injury-prone Vereen and fumble-prone Ridley.

The former Raider never realized his potential in Chicago, and the Bears parted ways with Bush earlier this month after signing him to a four-year, $14 million contract in 2012.

He won't fetch close to that money again in what has been a soft market for running backs.

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