Week 12: Friday injury report – Welker probable, three Patriots CBs questionable

Four of the five defensive backs the Patriots typically use when they’re in nickel defense are listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game with the Broncos, while the news is mostly good for Denver on the injury front, as WR Wes Welker is listed as probable.

CB Aqib Talib (hip), CB Kyle Arrington (groin), CB Alfonzo Dennard (knee), and S Steve Gregory (finger) were all limited in Patriots practice Friday and are questionable, which under league guidelines means there’s a 50-50 chance they will play.

For the Broncos, Welker (neck/concussion) was cleared by doctors for his first game against his former team. Welker and QB Peyton Manning (ankle) are among nine Broncos deemed probable.

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As expected, TE Michael Hoomanawanui (knee), who did not practice all week, is out for New England.

TE Julius Thomas (knee) and CB Champ Bailey (foot) are questionable for Denver.

For the Patriots
Out
TE Michael Hoomanawanui (knee)

Questionable
CB Alfonzo Dennard (knee)
S Steve Gregory (finger)
CB Kyle Arrington (groin)
CB Aqib Talib (hip)
RB Leon Washington (ankle)

Probable
WR Danny Amendola (groin)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)
TE Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm/hamstring)
WR Matthew Slater (wrist)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
RB Shane Vereen (wrist)

For the Broncos
Questionable
CB Champ Bailey (foot)
TE Julius Thomas (knee)

Probable
TE Joel Dreessen (knee)
T Orlando Franklin (ankle)
S Duke Ihenacho (ankle)
LB Nate Irving (shoulder)
T Winston Justice (finger)
G Chris Kuper (ankle)
QB Peyton Manning (ankle)
C J.D. Walton (ankle)
WR Wes Welker (neck/concussion)

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