New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard left the team's Week 14 contest against the Cleveland Browns and is questionable to return after suffering an apparent shoulder injury in the first quarter, the Patriots announced.
Patriots Injury Update: Alfonzo Dennard has a shoulder injury & his return is questionable. #CLEvsNE— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 8, 2013
The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe added some positive updates:
Dennard is on the sideline trying to push off against a trainer.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) December 8, 2013
Dennard has his helmet, too, so that's a good sign.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) December 8, 2013
The cornerback later returned to the game, via Mike Reiss of ESPN:
CB Alfonzo Dennard has returned to the game (8:59 remaining in second quarter) after sustaining a shoulder injury in 1st quarter.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) December 8, 2013
Dennard was injured midway through an unsuccessful Browns drive in the first quarter. He went down and temporarily stayed on the field after a three-yard run from Chris Ogbonnaya before getting up on his own power and going to the sidelines.
While being tended to by the New England training staff, Dennard was favoring his left shoulder. After undergoing an initial examination on the sidelines, he was taken to the locker room, where the Patriots checked on the severity of the injury.
Dennard, 24, already came into Sunday's game at Gillette Stadium dealing with a knee issue and was listed as questionable all week, but was activated before kickoff. The former seventh-round pick is in his second season out Nebraska and has played a vital role in the Patriots' improvement against the pass in 2013.
He's made 35 tackles and picked off one pass coming into Week 14. Should Dennard's injury prove serious, Kyle Arrington is currently listed as the second-string cornerback on the right side. But with New England dealing with bumps and bruises across its defense, losing someone like Dennard would be yet another frustrating blow for Bill Belichick and Co.
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