The “Ice up, son” phenomenon that Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith started after last Sunday’s victory over the Patriots continues to grow in Charlotte.
Meanwhile, the man who was told to ice up continues to practice in New England. Cornerback Aqib Talib aggravated a previous hip injury while guarding Smith and couldn’t return to the game, but he’s been able to participate in practice each of the last two days. He’s been limited, but being able to go two straight days at any level is a good sign for his chances of playing against the Broncos on Sunday night.
Cornerbacks Alfonzo Dennard and Kyle Arrington were also limited for the Patriots, who are going to need as many healthy bodies as they can get at the position with the Broncos next up. Reports this week have pegged Dennard as unlikely to play with a knee injury, however, and safety Steve Gregory was also limited as he returns from a thumb injury.
Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who has a knee injury, was the only player to miss practice altogether.