Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard will be out a few weeks after having a small meniscus procedure performed on his knee, according to a report from Ian Rapoport at NFL Network.

Dennard missed Monday’s loss to the Panthers after showing up on the injury report in the middle of last week.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday for his weekly chat, and the main topic of discussion was the controversial ending to Monday night’s game, when pass interference was called and then waived off, giving the Panthers a 24-20 victory.

It was a distinct shot across the bow of Aqib Talib, and a reminder of just how tenuous things are when it comes to the Patriots secondary.



Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, told the NFL Network on Tuesday that the officiating crew who worked Monday night’s Patriots-Panthers game — which ended with a disputed call in the end zone — made the right decision in picking up the flag.

Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater checked in with Mut & Merloni on Tuesday afternoon to discuss Monday’s 24-20 loss to the Panthers that ended in controversy.

Upon landing back in New England early Tuesday morning, the Patriots coaching staff immediately turned their focus to the Denver Broncos. And for defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, that means finding ways to deal with a player they know a lot about.

Wes Welker is in his first year with the Broncos after accepting a two-year, $12 million offer to play with Peyton Manning.

Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich joined Mut & Merloni on Tuesday, following Monday night’s controversial loss to the Panthers, and voiced his opinion on the non-call that ended the game.

Rob Gronkowski was impeded by Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly in the end zone and a flag was thrown, but the officials determined the ball was not catchable and called off the penalty, giving Carolina a 24-20 victory.

Bill Belichick said Tuesday morning he wasn’t going to be talking anymore about the play at the end of the game in Monday’s loss to the Panthers, a sequence where the officials appeared to call a penalty on a Patriots’ pass play for the end zone, but ended up picking up the flag instead and saying the game was over.

There were opportunities. Oh, how there were opportunities.



Yep, the Patriots got screwed Monday night.



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