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Patriots place Alfonzo Dennard on IR, sign Josh Boyce

Alfonzo Dennard, battling a hamstring injury, has had a lost season, playing in just six games.Elise Amendola/Associated Press/Associated Press

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.

Shalise Manza Young can be reached at syoung@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @shalisemyoung.