Print and Go Back ESPN.com: New England Patriots [Print without images]

Saturday, September 22, 2012
Deaderick & Dennard downgraded

By Mike Reiss

BALTIMORE -- Reserve defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick and backup cornerback Alfonzo Dennard will not play in Sunday night's game against the Ravens, the Patriots announced on their injury report. Deaderick is sidelined with an ankle injury, while Dennard has a hamstring injury.

Deaderick, who played 29 of a possible 129 snaps through the first two games, has been utilized in the short-yardage package while sometimes giving starters Vince Wilfork and Kyle Love a breather in the base defense. He has played a few snaps at end as well.

In his absence, four-year veteran Ron Brace (19 of 129 snaps) is likely to be bumped up the depth chart, while rookie Marcus Forston, an undrafted free agent out of Miami who has been inactive for the first two games, could dress for the first time.

Dennard, a seventh-round draft choice out of Nebraska, has been slowed since appearing on the injury report in the days leading up to the season opener. He hasn't dressed for a game this regular season, and also missed time in training camp with a hamstring injury.

The Patriots previously announced that tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) and defensive end Justin Francis (ankle) are out for the game.

The team must declare three more players inactive 90 minutes before Sunday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff, and there are several players with health questions who could be considerations based on their condition leading up to the game (Friday injury report here).