Dobson originally suffered the foot injury in the Patriots Week 12 win over the Denver Broncos last season. The former second-round pick was sidelined for three games and then re-aggravated the injury in the regular season finale against the Buffalo Bills. Dobson would return for the AFC Championship game but was only on the field for 21 snaps.
At the time of the surgery, Dobson was given a 2-3 month timetable for his recovery. With all of the advances that have been made with surgery, medicine and the rehab process, we often hear about players being ahead of schedule in their recovery process. However, Dobson is one of the now-rare cases of a player who has fallen behind schedule in their recovery.
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Although Dobson still has not fully recovered over three months since the procedure, that doesn't mean the second-year pro has not made progress. Dobson no longer needs to wear a walking boot and is said to be "doing better."
If he does in fact sit out of minicamp, it should not be a major cause for concern for Dobson and the Patriots. The only real setback for Dobson is that he will lose out on time to develop chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady. However, it is much more important for Dobson to make sure he is back on the field for the regular season. Assuming he is healthy, Dobson and Brady will have plenty of time to get on the same page during training camp and the preseason.
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