Reports: CB Dennard not at practice

Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard joined safety Steve Gregory among the absences at the start of practice on Saturday, according to multiple beat writers on the scene at Gillette Stadium.

While Gregory has missed practice each day this week because of a thumb issue -- which puts his status in doubt for Monday night -- Dennard has been able to practice on a limited basis while dealing with a knee issue.

It is not immediately known if the knee issue is what kept Dennard off of the practice field. The Patriots will submit a participation and status report for Monday's game later this afternoon, at which point the reason behind Dennard's absence will be known.