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Walter back with Patriots; could play Sunday

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Punter Ken Walter, who was out of the
NFL all last season, re-signed Wednesday with the New England
Patriots.

Walter Walter

He could play Sunday against the Chicago Bears in place of Josh
Miller, who is questionable with a shoulder injury.

Walter played for the Patriots from 2001 to 2003, then spent the
last six regular-season games and one playoff contest the next
season with Seattle. In his eight NFL seasons, he is averaging 39.7
yards per punt since being signed by Carolina in 1997 as an
undrafted free agent out of Kent State.

Walter also held for placekicker Adam Vinatieri when they were
with the Patriots, and could fill those duties now held by Miller
for Stephen Gostkowski.

To make room for Walter on the roster, the Patriots released
rookie cornerback Antwain Spann.