FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots placed little-used cornerback Alfonzo Dennard on injured reserve and signed receiver Josh Boyce from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Saturday.
The Boyce move brings into question receiver Julian Edelman’s status for Sunday’s meaningless regular-season finale. Edelman has had limited participation in practice, and he was listed as questionable on the team’s injury report. Edelman did not play in last Sunday’s 17-16 victory over the Jets, sitting out with a concussion and a thigh injury.
Also, receiver Brandon LaFell is dealing with a shoulder injury, so Boyce’s addition might spell relief for Edelman and/or LaFell.
Boyce hasn’t played since 2013. He had nine receptions for 121 yards last season. He was the Patriots’ fourth-round draft pick (102d overall) out of TCU in 2013.
Dennard, battling a hamstring injury, has had a lost season. He only played in six games, and with the additions of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, he was deemed a healthy scratch when Browner returned from his four-game suspension to start the season.
The Patriots also signed defensive back Daxton Swanson to the practice squad and released defensive lineman Cam Henderson from the practice squad.