As the Patriots prepare to travel to Charlotte for a Monday night game in which they’re actually underdogs, the road team could have back at their disposal cornerback Aqib Talib.

Per a league source, current indications are that Talib will be able to play.

Talib strained a hip flexor nearly five weeks ago, missing three games since then. He was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday.

Prediction? He’ll be limited against on Saturday, he’ll officially be listed as “questionable,” and the next bit of news will come on Sunday, when he does — or doesn’t — make the trip to Carolina.

The Pats definitely could use Talib against receiver Steve Smith, who has explained to us the challenge of facing his old Tampa nemesis.