As the New England Patriots wind down their week of preparation for the Houston Texans, they still appear to be missing some key offensive players. Aaron Dobson (foot), Michael Hoomanawanui (knee), and Marcus Cannon (ankle) all missed practice for the third straight day today (according to Jeff Howe, of the Boston Herald), and will not be active this weekend in Houston. All three of these guys are important to the New England offense, and others will have to step up while they are sidelined.
Kenbrell Thompkins played well last week against the Broncos, reeling in six catches for 56 yards. He will likely receive most of Dobson’s snaps while the rookie out of Marshall is injured, and based on past performances, Thompkins can be just as productive on the outside, as Dobson has been.
Alfonzo Dennard returned to the practice field today, after missing yesterday’s session with a nagging knee injury. Dennard played through most of the first half last week versus Denver, before he re-injured his knee on a throw to the end zone late in the second quarter. Hopefully he is now ready to go, not so much for this weeks contest, (Houston’s passing offense isn’t the greatest unit in the world) but for the upcoming playoff season.