The Patriots today brought back linebacker Rosevelt Colvin to offer some assistance to a depleted linebacker unit, as reported by Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe. Colvin, if you'll recall, was a rather large free agent signing by the Patriots back in 2003, and collected 26.5 sacks in five seasons with New England. He hasn't played a down this season after being cut in training camp by the Houston Texans. He recorded four sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception a season ago with the Patriots.
New England's linebacker corps has taken quite a hit recently, especially on the outside, as Adalius Thomas was lost to a broken arm a month ago, and on Sunday, Pierre Woods was lost when he was on the wrong end of a collision with Steelers tight end Heath Miller.
I'm not sure how much he'll help at this point, but the Patriots are in need of something, anything, terms of a pass rush from the outside. As a team, New England is 20th in the NFL with 23 sacks, and with Thomas out of the lineup, only has four sacks from its current outside linebackers (three for Vrabel, one for Woods-- Thomas has five, but he's out of the lineup for the foreseeable future).