According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard had a meniscus procedure this weekend, which will cause him to miss this week’s contest with the Broncos, and probably a few more weeks after that. This does not come at a good time for the Patriots, as they are set to welcome the top passing in all of football this weekend, and it is led by one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, in Peyton Manning.
Aqib Talib has gotten most of the attention among the Pats DB’s, but Alfonzo Dennard has put together a very good 2013 season, solidifying his place as one of the best young cornerbacks in the game. His ability to play tight man coverage is very impressive, and he has a knack for getting to the football. The only real knock on Dennard is his height. He only stands at 5’10, which gives most receivers a big advantage on him when it comes to going up and getting the football. However Dennard doesn’t use this as an excuse, and he attempts to make up for it with an aggressive style of play, which has produced results for him and the Patriots over the last year and a half. New England will have to try and stop Denver’s passing attack without Dennard, which makes an already hard task, nearly impossible.