Sep 29, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib (31) celebrates an interception in the second half against the New Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Patriots won 30-23. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos Inactives: Talib And Dennard In, Thomas And Gregory Out

Nov 10, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) runs after a reception during the first half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

We are 60 minutes away from kickoff, and some good news has arose in frigid Foxboro. The inactive lists for both the New England Patriots, and the Denver Broncos have been released, and most of what is included, benefits the Patriots.

Alfonzo Dennard and Aqib Talib are both active, which is huge for the Pats, as they attempt to slow down the NFL’s top passing attack. However they will be without starting safety Steve Gregory, who will miss yet another game with a broken thumb. Brandon Spikes will also be available for New England, and while he may not see the field often, he will be needed when the Patriots need a stop on the ground.

Broncos tight end Julius Thomas has been declared inactive, which is a huge loss for Denver. Through 10 games, Thomas has racked up 590 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, and it was becoming apparent that Peyton Manning viewed Thomas as one of his top targets. With Thomas being out, it will allow New England to focus on the other Denver receiving threats, including former Patriot Wes Welker.

New England Patriots Inactives:

S Steve Gregory

TE Michael Hoomanawanui

DE Jake Bequette

LB Steve Beauharnais

WR Josh Boyce

OL Chris Barker

DL Marcus Forston

Denver Broncos Inactives:

TE Julius Thomas

CB Champ Bailey

S Michael Huff

OL Chris Kuper

QB Zac Dysert

OL J.D. Walton


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