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Patriots place Stallworth on IR with ankle injury

FOXBOROUGH — Donte’ Stallworth’s return to the Patriots, at least this stint, will be for just one game. The receiver was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with an ankle injury, presumably suffered during Monday night’s 42-14 win over the Houston Texans, a game in which Stallworth caught one pass, a 63-yarder that went for a touchdown.

With Stallworth now unavailable, it opens room on the roster for receiver Deion Branch, who will return to the Patriots this week, according to a league source. Branch has nine catches in seven games this season, but was released last month after suffering a hamstring injury.

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