FOXBOROUGH — As expected, the Patriots will be without receiver Aaron Dobson Saturday night when they face the Colts in the AFC divisional round. Dobson has been ruled out with a foot injury that he aggravated in the regular-season finale against the Bills.
The rookie initially suffered the injury against the Broncos Nov. 24 and missed the next three games. He returned against the Ravens Dec. 22, and he was chasing down a deep pass attempt against Buffalo when he pulled up.
He has not practiced since, so New England will be without its tallest receiver (Dobson is 6 feet 3 inches) and best downfield threat.
New England listed fellow rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) as questionable, along with cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (knee, shoulder). Both players were limited in practice this week, and Dennard was given last week off from practice.
A host of players who dealt with injuries down the stretch are probable, including safety Devin McCourty (concussion), running back Shane Vereen (groin), cornerback Kyle Arrington (groin), and linebacker Dane Fletcher (groin). Offensive lineman Logan Mankins (ankle), injured against the Bills, also is probable.
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