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Amid reports that veteran defensive end Andre Carterintends to sign, or already has signed, with the Patriots, neither coach Bill Belichicknor defensive coordinator Matt Patriciawas interested in confirming the news Tuesday or even discussing a player who spent the 2011 season in Foxborough.
Carter was a force when he was with the Patriots two seasons ago, when he had 10 sacks and two forced fumbles in 14 regular-season games. He chose not to re-sign with the Patriots for 2012, opting for Oakland, where he appeared in 12 games. Carter has not played for anyone this season.
His addition could help a team that played Sunday without its three best defensive players.