BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots will take the field Monday night without two of their best defensive backs.
The team declared safety Steve Gregory and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard to be out for Monday night’s game in Carolina. Gregory suffered a broken thumb two weeks ago vs. Pittsburgh and was expected to miss a few weeks, while Dennard popped up on the injury report late in the week with a knee injury.
On the good news front, Aqib Talib is listed as questionable. The cornerback hasn’t played in more than a month since suffering a hip injury in Week 6 against the Saints. The questionable listing is the same that Talib had two weeks ago against the Steelers, but the thought is that the extra rest could have him ready to go in Carolina.
The Patriots likely need Talib, as cornerback Kyle Arrington is also listed as questionable. With Arrington’s status in question and the two aforementioned players listed as out, the Patriots head into Monday night noticeably thin at defensive back.
Danny Amendola (groin), Tom Brady (shoulder), Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm/hamstring) and Matthew Slater (wrist) are all listed as probable.
For the Panthers, cornerback Drayton Florence (groin) is listed as questionable.
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