With the New England Patriots‘ regular season opener less than a day away, the list of inactive players for the team has officially been determined. Besides TE Rob Gronkowski‘s out designation, which was widely anticipated, there was one player who didn’t make the trip that comes as a bit of a surprise: WR Aaron Dobson.
Dobson has been nursing a hamstring injury for a while now and had been limited in practice as of late. Even so, it was thought that the team was limiting him as a precaution and that he would be fine to play on Sunday. As it turns out, that was not the case.
Although there has been nothing to suggest that this could be a long-term issue, hamstring injuries can tend to be linger, especially with a player like Dobson that loves to utilize blazing speed.
With the Patriots down a starting receiver tomorrow, expect Josh Boyce and Julian Edelman to get extended looks in the game, as both players are thought of as versatile guys that can line up at both the inside and outside receiver spots.
There is no doubt that the team will miss having Dobson’s speed-size combination out there Sunday, but the NFL is a next-man-up league. Tom Brady will have to adapt to having one less weapon to work with, which shouldn’t be a problem this week due to the Buffalo Bills‘ defensive concerns.
Now that Dobson is inactive, Kenbrell Thompkins is officially penciled in as the No. 2 receiver behind Danny Amendola in Week 1. He will have every opportunity to prove that he can get the job done when the games truly matter.