New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) evades a tackle from Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) in the second half of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 13-6. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Dobson finally returns to practice

Most of the news regarding today’s practice session for the New England Patriots centers on Tom Brady’s absence, but I think the most important news coming out of Foxboro today is a return made by one key Patriots player to practice. Aaron Dobson missed last week’s playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts with an aggravated foot sprain that he suffered in Week 17 against the Buffalo Bills, and he actually first sprained his foot against the Denver Broncos over a month ago. Dobson wasn’t able to practice at all in between the Bills and Colts games, and he was an easy “inactive” last week.

However, it looks like he will be a full-go this week against the Broncos, as the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe reports that Dobson was able to return to the practice field today. Only Brady and long snapper Danny Aiken are absent, but Brady is almost certainly going to play and Aiken isn’t really important in the grand scheme of things.

Dobson’s return, on the other hand, is incredibly important, because he’s the Patriots best downfield threat due to his size and speed. They need him to be out there against a depleted Broncos secondary that will be without Chris Harris Jr. and may be without free safety Rahim Moore, who is a key part of their deep coverage. Dobson was expected to play this week, but now his status is basically a guarantee. Following Kenbrell Thompkins’s injury on Saturday, Dobson’s health is all the more important.

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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    This is great news for the Pats and unsettling news for the Broncos secondary. I’m not sure they have a DB who can blanket cover him deep….if Brady can take shots down the field with any success….the Broncos may have to match scores with the Pats.

    • Joe Soriano

      They used to have a free safety who could cover well deep, but Rahim Moore is very unlikely to return this week. If Dobson were out, then the Pats could have been in trouble if both he and KT were absent. But with their big-play guy locked in, the Broncos DBs definitely have to be worried about the deep ball now. Plus, Edelmendola will be opened up more in the middle with Dobson on the outside, especially if KT can play.

      • Paul V. Suffriti

        …certainly has the feeling of a high scoring game…..first one to 40 wins.

        • Joe Soriano

          It sure does, and that makes me even more excited to watch it. Man, we have two incredible championship games on tap Sunday.

    • Ernie Padaon

      Just throw the ball to whoever Quentin Jammer is covering. yards for days!