Patriots downgrade Dennard to out vs. Texans

HOUSTON – The Patriots announced Saturday night that cornerback Alfonzo Dennard is out for their game against the Texans Sunday.

Dennard underwent a knee procedure around the time of New England’s bye, and it was not expected that he would be in uniform against the Broncos a week ago. He was, though he was unable to finish the game.

The second-year player was limited in practice on Wednesday and Friday, but according to the Patriots he did not practice on Thursday.

Dennard joins WR Aaron Dobson (foot), RT Marcus Cannon (ankle) and TE Michael Hoomanawanui as players the team has already declared out for its matchup with the Texans.

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Several other members of the Patriots’ secondary are listed as questionable: CBs Aqib Talib (hip), Kyle Arrington (groin) and Marquice Cole (shin) as well as S Steve Gregory (finger). Gregory broke his thumb against the Steelers and has not played since, though he has been practicing.