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New England Patriots: Alfonzo Dennard The Latest In Long Line Of Unneeded Defensive Injuries For Team

Alfonzo Dennard

Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

The injury issues for the New England Patriots continue to pile up at an extraordinary rate.  On defense alone, the team has lost Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo, and Tommy Kelly for the year, while losing Aqib Talib and Steve Gregory for a few weeks at least throughout the course of the season.

Just when it looked like the Patriots were finally on their way to getting healthy on defense word came down today that CB Alfonzo Dennard is out this week with a knee injury that caused him to miss practice on Saturday.  His injury will likely force Logan Ryan into the No. 2 outside cornerback position opposite Talib, leaving Kyle Arrington to play the slot.

While the loss of Dennard may not be a huge concern for this week given the Patriots’ depth at the cornerback position and the Carolina Panthers‘ average receiving corps, the impact could really be felt in Week 12 against the Denver Broncos.

If he is unable to play next week it would be a major weakness for the Patriots in pass coverage against the Broncos.  With pass catchers like Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Julius Thomas, and even Knowshon Moreno out of the backfield, the Patriots need to be at full strength in the secondary for that matchup.

For the sake of the Patriots the team had better hope that this is just a one week absence for the talented but troubled cornerback.

Will Gellman is a New England Patriots Writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.