Dennard was limited last week for two days before missing the final practice of the week and being inactive against Carolina. After practice Wednesday, Dennard politely declined media interview requests.
Gregory, meanwhile, was happy to entertain their questions. He came through the locker room sporting a large, thick cast on his hand, but when he re-emerged from the training room, it was gone, revealing about a three-inch scar from the lower portion of his thumb to his wrist.
He admitted it was awkward to go through practice with a club-like appendage on his hand.
“Yeah, obviously, you’re not used to it, but it’s a process. I’ve never had to [play with one]. Right now, it’s just for protection. I don’t know what the situation will be [on game day].”
Gregory wouldn’t say definitely if he’ll be back in action Sunday night in Foxborough when Denver comes to town, but his presence on the field and in front of the media was an encouraging sign, for sure. Gregory missed the Carolina game completely after injuring himself late against Pittsburgh before the bye week.
“I’m just focusing on running around and getting in shape,” he added, “just glad to be out there right now moving around and doing some of those things.”
Talib was back to his old self on Wednesday, acknowledging that his bad hip “tight up a little” on him, but that he was now “fine.” Asked if he’ll be good to go on Sunday night against Denver, he responded, “We’ll see. I'm out there working like everybody else. Just taking it one day at a time.”
He added that his highly visible on-field feud with Panthers receiver Steve Smith was nothing personal. The two are quite familiar with one another, from Talib’s time in Tampa Bay.
“He didn't say he was going to punch me in my face after the game… he just told me to go get in the tub. Kinda thoughtful,” offered a smiling Talib.
The only player not able to practice today was tight end