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Saturday roll call: No Dennard, Gregory

Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff  November 16, 2013 10:45 AM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, who has been listed on this week's injury report with a knee injury, was one of two Patriots not spotted at Saturday's practice. Safety Steve Gregory, who hasn't practiced all week with a broken thumb, was the other.

Dennard hadn't missed a practice since Sept. 9, the last time prior to this week that he was on the injury report. He was listed with an ankle injury, but played in that Thursday night game against the Jets in Week 2.

Players were in sweats and shells again, working out on the lower grass practice field behind Gillette Stadium, which will be used this afternoon for the UMass-Akron game.

The Patriots are still at 52 players on the active roster, one under the maximum allowed. Running back Shane Vereen, who is eligible to play on Monday at Carolina for the first time since Week 1, has practiced all week. Vereen was placed on the injured reserve list with a designation to return, which is where he remains.

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