New England Patriots draft pick, receiver Aaron Dobson (17) participates in drills during training camp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Dobson expected to practice Thursday

New England Patriots rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson was a surprise absence at training camp yesterday, and that led to more reps for fellow impressive rookie wideouts Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins. After an off day on Monday that was in stark contrast to two huge performances over the weekend, Thompkins bounced back yesterday and looked extraordinary.

As for Dobson, it sounds like he suffered a very minor injury during Monday night’s practice, although not much is known on his status or what he injured. Dobson should be good to go soon, and now the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe reports what a few have been thinking; Dobson took a cleat to the ankle on Monday.

Per the Herald, Dobson will return to practice tomorrow on Thursday, as there is no practice today. Any time a key, young wide receiver is a surprise absence from practice, it leads to concern. But Howe states that Dobson only has a slight limp, and it looks like this injury was merely a tweak of the ankle.

It’s great to hear confirmation that Dobson’s injury is minor and that he is going to be back at practice shortly, and it looks like the belief that he was cleated on Monday and would be back Thursday was correct. Good call Mike Reiss.

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