BOSTON (CBS) — When the Patriots played the Vikings last week, their opponent’s best cornerback was clearly hampered by an injury. The same may be true for the Patriots this week in Miami.

Cornerback Xavien Howard was absent from Miami’s practice on Wednesday. Head coach Ryan Gase said that it’s due to a knee injury, and Howard’s status for Sunday is not yet known.

Howard reportedly injured the knee while getting tackled after his second interception on Sunday against the Bills. The cornerback earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance vs. Buffalo.

Howard, 25, has seven interceptions this season, leading the NFL in that category. It’s been a worthy follow-up to his four-interception season a year ago. Last year when the Patriots visited Miami, Howard intercepted Tom Brady twice.

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