Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) runs into the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots: Aaron Dobson’s Neck Undamaged, But Unsure for Sunday’s Game

New England Patriots rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson appears to be feeling better after getting a violent hit during Sunday’s 30-23 victory over the Atlanta Falcons when Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud’s knee hit him in the head on a Patriots crucial play in the end zone. Nick Underhill reports that according to a source, Dobson escaped major neck damage and that he is just struggling with soreness in his back and neck. Also, Dobson underwent an MRI on Monday, but it’s too early to tell if Dobson will be seeing any action on Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals; it will depend on how he responds.

Injuries in the Patriots roster are piling up, and all caution must be taken. Dobson stats haven’t been a shocking surprise yet as he has accumulated 11 catches for 118 yards and one touchdown. But he and Kenbrell Thompkins are two promising receivers that got a head start from Josh Boyce, and in time (hopefully sooner than we expect) they will be difference makers in a Tom Brady’s lead offense.

Even before losing Vince Wilfork for the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles, the Patriots already had too much in their plate in adjusting the roster accordingly. And now, the load is even heavier without Wilfork as his absence affects the whole team. We need our offense fully healthy – now.





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