New England Patriots rookie “X” receiver Aaron Dobson suffered a foot sprain two weeks ago against the Denver Broncos, and the injury caused him to miss last week’s game against the Houston Texans. At first, it looked like Dobson only suffered a very minor injury and that the Patriots were holding him out of the Texans game as a precaution, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that Dobson’s foot sprain is at least mildly serious.
Dobson has already been ruled out for today’s game against the Cleveland Browns after missing practice throughout the week, and the Patriots could even be without either of their “X” receivers today against Joe Haden and the Browns. Kenbrell Thompkins is not expected to play today and will be a game-time decision after suffering a hip injury last week against the Texans, so his status is up-in-the-air to say the least. The Patriots re-signed Austin Collie to help their depth, but he’s not a true “X”. If Thompkins can’t go either, then it’s all up to Julian Edelman- and maybe Danny Amendola- to stretch the field on the outside.
The NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports that Aaron Dobson walked into the stadium wearing a walking boot, which means that this injury could very well cost Dobson to miss a couple of more weeks. Consider this a fluid situation, and I expect him to miss next week’s game against the Miami Dolphins with his status for the Week 16 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens also in flux. It’s all guesswork at this point, but the fact that Dobson is in a walking boot certainly isn’t good.