The Patriots are dealing with a number of injury issues right now — as they have all season — especially in the secondary. Four cornerbacks, Aqib Talib (hip), Alfonzo Dennard (knee),Kyle Arrington (groin) and Marquice Cole (shin), are banged up, while safety Steve Gregory has missed two straight games due to a thumb issue.
Dennard missed Thursday’s practice before returning to the field on Friday, though none of their statuses for Sunday is exactly clear at this time. Given that the Patriots waived rookie cornerback Justin Green on Tuesday, it’s possible they feel their injured cornerbacks have a good shot to play on Sunday.
We will see how many will in fact return but even if they get a couple back they should be good enough to beat the Texans.