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Patriots pick up safety Josh Barrett

Updated: August 7, 2010, 12:18 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

The Patriots claimed third-year safety Josh Barrett off waivers from the Denver Broncos on Friday, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported.

The Broncos had waived Barrett with the intention of placing him on season-ending injured reserve, as Barrett was scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery.

The move left many wondering why Barrett had been exposed to waivers in the first place.

In order to prevent teams from stashing young players, NFL rules require that injured ...

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