TE Butler returns to practice squad

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots re-signed tight end Carson Butler to the practice squad on Thursday, filling the spot created when tight end/wide receiver Dorin Dickerson was placed on the practice squad/injured list on Wednesday.

Butler spent most of the 2010 season on New England's practice squad, and was in training camp with the team this season before being released on Sept. 2.

At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, Butler is a bigger, more blocking-oriented tight end, chosen to return to the practice squad over Garrett Mills (6-1, 235), who spent most of the season on the practice squad before being released on Jan. 4.