Sunday, April 20, 2014
With Peyton Manning and the high-flying Broncos coming into Gillette Stadium Sunday night, the Patriots don't want to get caught short in the secondary.
With four defensive backs hobbled by injuries, New England made a roster move Saturday to bolster its depth in the secondary, promoting cornerback Justin Green from the practice squad and releasing running back Leon Washington.
The 22-year-old Green was an undrafted free agent out of Illinois. He impressed the staff in training camp and preseason games and has been on the practice squad all year.
The move seems to indicate that cornerback Alfonzo Dennard likely won't play against the Broncos. He suffered a knee injury in practice last week and missed the Monday night game at Carolina. He reportedly had surgery earlier in the week and has been limited in practice. He is listed as questionable for the game, meaning he has a 50-50 chance of playing.
Also questionable are cornerbacks Kyle Arrington (groin) and Aqib Talib (hip) and safety Steve Gregory (broken right thumb). Arrington and Talib both had to leave Monday's game at various times because of their physical woes while Gregory missed the game.
Washington, one of the top kick returners in the NFL, was never healthy enough to help the Patriots this year. He played in just two games with one carry for 1 yard and one kick return for 19 yards.
Mike Lowe has covered the New England Patriots since 1999 for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and has had a nice view of their emergence as one of the NFL’s premier franchises.
He’s been at the paper since 1982 and has covered everything from a Little League World Series to the Summer Olympics. He is married to Tracie and they have three children and two grandchildren.
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