Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) celebrates his touchdown against the New York Jets with wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (85) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

AFC Championship Inactives: Aaron Dobson In, Kenbrell Thompkins Out


Sep 22, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers corner back Johnthan Banks (27) is called for pass interference as New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) drops a pass during the second quarter of a game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

We are roughly 70 minutes away from kickoff in Denver, as the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos get set to do battle in the AFC Championship game. Both teams have released their inactive lists, with some good news coming from the Patriots side.

Wide receiver Aaron Dobson is active for the Pats, which is great news for their offense. Dobson is a bigger guy, and his presence on the field will open up a lot of things for New England. He also will help in the red zone, where the likes of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Shane Vereen struggle to separate. But Dobson will have a size advantage over just about every player in the Denver secondary, giving Tom Brady the option of throwing a few jump balls to the rookie out of Marshall. Fellow rookie Kenbrell Thompkins is inactive, as he suffered a concussion last week in the divisional round, where the Pats beat the Indianapolis Colts.

New England Patriots Inactives:

WR Kenbrell Thompkins

LB Steve Beaharnais

DL Isaac Sopoaga

CB Justin Green

OL Chris Barker

TE D.J. Williams

DL Jake Bequette

Denver Broncos Inactives:

RB Ronnie Hillman

CB Marquise Cole

DL Sione Fua

QB Zac Dysert

OL Vinston Painter

OL Chris Kuper

TE Joel Dreessen

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