The New England Patriots are dealing with a rash of injuries on offense, and the Patriots will almost certainly be without Danny Amendola on Thursday. It would be a shock to see star tight end Rob Gronkowski play tomorrow, and we know for a fact that Shane Vereen will be out until Week 11 with a broken wrist. To add to the injury woes among the pass-catchers, Zach Sudfeld pulled a hamstring on Sunday, and Aaron Dobson is coming into this week’s game with a hamstring injury.
Only Dobson’s prospects for tomorrow look good, as he told Nick Underhill yesterday that he expects to make his NFL debut tomorrow. The Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe is also reporting today that Dobson will likely make his debut tomorrow, and I would be very surprised if Dobson missed the game against the New York Jets. Dobson likely missed Sunday’s game due to his rawness instead of his injury, and he holds an important role with the rash of injuries at receiver. Although Dobson will likely have his fair share of “downs” since he is even more raw than Kenbrell Thompkins, who struggled in Week 1, Dobson’s big-play ability could turn into a big asset against the Jets.
Zach Sudfeld’s injury hasn’t been discussed as much as the other players, and that’s understandable since the likes of Vereen have more serious injuries and are more important players. I asked Jeff Howe for an update on Sudfeld, and he stated that he was “really hobbled” on Monday and it “would take a quick recovery” for him to play tomorrow. It sounds like we shouldn’t expect Sudfeld to play either, and it looks like Matthew Mulligan is in line for some playing time.