As the Patriots prepare to travel to Charlotte for a Monday night game in which they’re actually underdogs, the road team could have back at their disposal cornerback Aqib Talib.
Per a league source, current indications are that Talib will be able to play.
Talib strained a hip flexor nearly five weeks ago, missing three games since then. He was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday.
Prediction? He’ll be limited against on Saturday, he’ll officially be listed as “questionable,” and the next bit of news will come on Sunday, when he does — or doesn’t — make the trip to Carolina.
The Pats definitely could use Talib against receiver Steve Smith, who has explained to us the challenge of facing his old Tampa nemesis.
“I expect a very physical game,” Smith said. “He’s long and lanky. He’s a guy who’s physical, who likes to play press coverage. You’ve got to be patient understanding the press. I expect him to play, we’ve had a long battle in Tampa Bay, I wouldn’t expect anything less from a guy like that he’s highly competitive and he wants to win just like I do.”
For the short version of the Smith interview, during which he says he’s surprised to hear the Panthers are favored to win the game, click the box below. For the full interview from Friday’s PFT Live, click the box in the right rail.