Patriots officially re-sign Nick Folk, release defensive lineman

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Place kicker Nick Folk #2 of the New England Patriots kicks a field goal against the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 3, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

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24 hours away from their head-to-head with the Kansas City Chiefs, the New England Patriots have found their new (old) kicker, as the team has officially re-signed Nick Folk.

Released last week after a Thursday appendectomy knocked him out of commission for the team's Sunday Night Football meeting with the Houston Texans, the 35-year-old returned to Foxborough for a Friday workout with the team, and is apparently well enough to put the Patriot uniform back on and join the team as their kicker.

Folk had appeared in three games with the Patriots prior to his release, and converted seven of his nine field goal tries, including a long of 50 yards, and went a perfect three for three on extra-point attempts.

To make room for Folk, the Patriots released defensive lineman Albert Huggins from the team's 53-man roster. The Patriots had originally claimed the 22-year-old Huggins off waivers from the Eagles on Dec. 2.