Tate, one of the team's two third-round draft choices, injured his knee in last Sunday's 27-17 win over the Dolphins. After opening the season on the non-football injury list, he was activated Oct. 24 and appeared in two games, serving as the primary kickoff returner and No. 4 receiver.
Stanback adds depth at receiver. The Patriots have Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and Sam Aiken atop the depth chart, and with rookie Julian Edelman (forearm) questionable for Sunday night's game against the Colts, Stanback could provide insurance.