Report: Dennard unlikely to play for Pats

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There’s a very good reason for the Pats to get cornerback Aqib Talib back from a five-week absence on Monday night — apart from Talib’s obvious skills.

According to Nick Underhill of MassLive.com, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard is not expected to play at Carolina.

Dennard has been limited in practice all week with a knee injury.  On Saturday, he didn’t practice at all.

The final injury report for Monday night’s game has not yet been released.  Don’t be shocked if Dennard is listed as questionable, and that he’s then downgraded to out on Sunday after the team travels to Charlotte without him.