Nov 22, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots safety Steve Gregory (28) intercepts a pass against the New York Jets during the first half on Thanksgiving at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Practice Report: All Present Except For Hoomanawanui

Nov 18, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib (31) on the field in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots began their preparation for the Denver Broncos today, as they got on the practice field for the first time since their controversial loss in Carolina. The Patriots are dealing with a lot of injuries right now, so having nearly perfect attendance today, is a good sign for Sunday.

According to Doug Kyed of, Michael Hoomanawanui was the only player not at practice today. That means Alfonzo Dennard, Aqib Talib, and Steve Gregory, three important pieces to the Patriots secondary, were all present. While Dennard will not be able to play this week due to a recent knee procedure, having Gregory and Talib at practice is definitely a good sign for their availability on Sunday Night Football. Of all the games remaining on their schedule, this is probably the one that requires a healthy secondary the most, as Peyton Manning and company will come in boasting the top offense in all of football.

It is only a Wednesday practice report, but right now everything looks like it is going well on the injury front, especially considering how decimated we presumed this team would be after a rough contest versus the Panthers. There is no certainty regarding the statuses of Gregory and Talib, but being present at practice is usually a telling sign, and they will need all the bodies they can get, as they prepare to face the great Peyton Manning.

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