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Patriots activate core special-teamer Brandon King off physically unable to perform

Brandon King last appeared in a game during the 2019 preseason.

NFL: AUG 18 Preseason - Bears at Patriots Photograph by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The New England Patriots removed Brandon King from physically unable to perform on Saturday after the core special-teamer passed his physical, according to the NFL transaction wire.

King made his official return to the Gillette Stadium practice fields in time for the fourth session of training camp. The 28-year-old had missed the entirety of 2019 and 2020 after suffering a torn quadriceps during an August preseason matchup with the Carolina Panthers.

The final year of a two-year, $2.6 million contract extension is ahead for King, who arrived as an undrafted free agent by way of Highland Community College and Auburn University in 2015. A two-time Super Bowl champion, King has played 1,083 snaps for New England’s kicking game since being promoted from the practice squad in October of his rookie year.

He stands with 42 tackles, one safety and one forced fumble over the course of 57 regular-season contests.

Quarterback Jarrett Stidham, tight end Dalton Keene, defensive tackle Byron Cowart, linebackers Chase Winovich and Terez Hall, as well as cornerback Stephon Gilmore remain on the PUP list for the Patriots. Additionally, a set of rookies in linebacker Cameron McGrone and safety Joshuah Bledsoe remain on the non-football injury list.