Patriots put Alfonzo Dennard on IR

AP

The Patriots have lost some of their enviable cornerback depth.

The club placed reserve corner Alfonzo Dennard on injured reserve on Saturday. To replace Dennard on the roster, the club called up wide receiver Josh Boyce from the practice squad.

The 25-year-old Dennard has started 20 games in three seasons with New England, but he had fallen down the depth chart in 2014. Nevertheless, he was an experienced option to call upon if needed. Dennard had been ruled out of Sunday’s regular-season finale vs. Buffalo with a hamstring injury.

Boyce, 23, appeared in nine games for New England in 2013, catching nine passes for 121 yards. However, New England waived him after the 2014 preseason, then re-signed him to the practice squad. A TCU product, Boyce was a fourth-round pick in 2013.

Boyce’s promotion comes with wide receivers Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion) and Brandon LaFell (shoulder) questionable for Sunday. The Patriots have clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC and are in a position to rest starters if they so choose — and it appears they will, at least to some extent.

17 responses to “Patriots put Alfonzo Dennard on IR

  1. Something more than meets the eye must be going on w/Dennard. Had at least 2nd rnd talent coming out of college and dropped due to his altercation. Seemed like he pd his price and put it behind him. Figured to be the #3/4 CB, even after they brought in Revis and Browner. At the end of the yr he couldn’t even beat out undrafted rookie MButler to get on the active roster. Strange.

  2. That sucks. You can never have too many good corners, especially when you’re more than likely gonna have to play teams like the Steelers and Broncos when they go five wide. Also, I’ve always liked Dennard as a player, always thought he had a lot of potential and could end up being at least a solid number two corner.

  3. LOL.

    Bill Cowher on Spygate and losing to the Patriots:

    “We didn’t lose the game because of any Spygate, because of them having any additional things,” Cowher said. I think if they’re guilty of anything, they’re guilty of arrogance, because they were told not to do something. But it was something that everybody does. The only thing they got caught [was] doing it with a camera. We had people that always tried to steal signals. Stealing someone’s signals was a part of the game, and everybody attempted to do that.”

  4. Dennard has been banged up off and on all season. No one ever noticed since there was so much talent at the top of the depth chart. Talented corner. Hope he gets back on track when he gets healthy.

  5. Was solid in past years, just was not very good at all this season. Don’t think he is suited to play a nickel or dime back position on slot receivers, he really struggled in that role with Revis and Browner on the outside.

  6. Oh no, Bill Cowher said that!? He admitted that the Steelers tried to steal signals? OMG, not the Steelers.

    You know, it doesn’t lessen the enormous respect I have for the Steelers. Now, if you want to talk about Mike Shanahan and the Broncos circumventing the salary cap during their Super Bowl years by paying players under the table. well…that’s a different story. That’s cheating.

  7. We can with stand the loss of Dennard , but it goes to show you can never have enough good depth. Something happens to Revis or Browner and even Arrington as hes playing well in the slot, we are in trouble. I wouldnt play anyone today. Remember the Houston game with Welker the last of the season??

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