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Dennard, Talib active for Patriots-Broncos game

FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots will have both of their starting cornerbacks for the Denver Broncos’ top-ranked passing offense Sunday night.

Both Alfonzo Dennard (knee) and Aqib Talib (hip) will be available for the team. They both did pregame workouts for the training staff.

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Dennard is coming off a reported procedure to fix his meniscus.

However, the Patriots will be without safety Steve Gregory, who practiced all week and spoke with the media. He has been dealing with a thumb injury suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers and went through a procedure as well.

Also inactive for the Patriots is DL Jake Bequette, LB Steve Beauharnais, DL Marcus Forston, WR Josh Boyce, and OL Chris Barker. Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui was listed as inactive on Friday with a knee injury.

The Broncos will be without tight end Julius Thomas, who has accounted for 10 touchdown receptions this season. He had been limited in practice Thursday and Friday with a knee injury.

Also inactive for the Broncos: QB Zac Dysert, RB Ronnie Hillman, CB Champ Bailey, S Michael Huff, OL J.D. Walton, and OL Chris Kuper.

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