The Patriots had hoped that wide receiver Aaron Dobson would be able to avoid surgery to repair his foot, but unfortunately, he could not. According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Dobson underwent surgery yesterday, to fix a stress fracture in his left foot.
Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson underwent surgery today to repair the stress fracture in his left foot, according to a source.
The early recovery timetable is estimated at 2-3 months, so he’ll miss the beginning of the Pats’ offseason workout program, which begins April 21. On the early side, Dobson might be ready for organized team activities, but the later recovery timetable would put him in jeopardy of missing the entire offseason program, including June minicamp.
As Howe mentions, Dobson may miss the entire offseason, which is not good for a young receiver trying to establish chemistry with his quarterback. The receiver position wasn’t really a big need before this, but it has now vaulted into the top three or four needs for New England. I think they have to go out and sign a couple of proven veterans, because their current receiving corps just won’t cut it. I think Emmanuel Sanders would be a great fit, not only because of his explosiveness, but because he is an extremely versatile receiver. Steve Smith is another option, and his veteran presence could help the rookie continue their development as well.