Alfonzo Dennard is reportedly going to miss a couple of weeks after undergoing a “minor meniscus procedure.
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New England seems to be snake-bitten by injuries on the defensive side of the football, and the bad news continued on Wednesday after they learned about a key member of their secondary being sidelined for the next couple of weeks.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Patriots defensive back Alfonzo Dennard is expected to miss a few weeks after undergoing a “small meniscus procedure” to the injured knee he suffered during New England’s 55-31 blowout victory over the Steelers in Week 9.

In that game Dennard participated in 71 of 75 snaps, and was thought to have been making progress on his recovery after participating during last Thursday and Friday’s practice sessions.  On each of those two days he was given a “limited” status, but was downgraded to “Out” before the team traveled to Carolina for Monday’s game.

The one positive was the fact that according to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, Dennard was a participant during today’s practice session, although he reports that the cornerback wasn’t moving at his “usual pace”.

Also at practice was Kyle Arrington and Aqib Talib, which is encouraging.  One update on Arrington, according to reports he’s apparently dealing with a groin problem, which goes against earlier reports that he may have had a knee injury.