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Julian Edelman out for season; Donte' Stallworth signs

Julian Edelman has played his final snap of the 2012 season for the New England Patriots.

Edelman, the team's fourth wide receiver and primary punt returner, has a broken foot that could require surgery, according to WBZ-TV. Edelman was moved to injured reserve on Tuesday.

Edelman was hurt during the Patriots' 23-16 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. On Tuesday, Donte' Stallworth was re-signed by the team, along with a series of other roster moves. Terms of the contract were not announced.

For the season, Edelman had 21 receptions for 235 yards and three touchdowns. He was second in the NFL with a 15.5-yard average on punt returns.

The Patriots once had a mountain of options at wide receiver during training camp, but are now relatively thin at the position. The team cut Deion Branch last month and lost Greg Salas on a waiver claim by the Philadelphia Eagles. Stallworth fills a void, but the veteran hasn't been with a team since the Pats cut him in August.

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