A New England Patriots cornerback went down today during the last day of media-access OTAs, as reported by Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston. Alfonzo Dennard left today’s practice with a left arm or shoulder injury during 11-on-11 drills, and Reiss wrote that Patriots head trainer Jim Whalen attended to Dennard’s injury.
While Dennard wasn’t the only Patriots player of significance to suffer an injury during today’s OTAs, Dennard’s injury was reportedly the most visibly significant one. Not much is known about the extent of Dennard’s injury, but let’s hope it is milder than the injury undrafted rookie wide receiver T.J. Moe suffered last week.
Dennard had an exceptional rookie year and is poised to become one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL if all goes well. I’m not worried about his injury since it is just June, but this is definitely a situation to monitor closely. Dennard is a key player for this team and showed us a lot last season, so losing Dennard for an extended amount of time in the regular season would certainly be a blow for the Patriots. But, again, it’s only June.
A scary note? Reiss tells us that Dennard had to be carted off of Gillette. To this point in OTAs, Dennard looked solid and was defending several passes through the sessions, and he and Ras-I Dowling both seemed to be having excellent workouts.
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