Following up on Ras-I Dowling

February, 27, 2012
In his "Monday Morning Quarterback" piece on today, Peter King provides a progress report on second-year Patriots cornerback Ras-I Dowling.

"The hip rehab is going very well. He'll be ready for most if not all of his offseason work," King writes.

This is obviously good news for the Patriots -- Dowling was starting and playing a lot before suffering the hip injury in Week 2 -- and it was the springboard to pursue a bit more information on the 2011 second-round pick.

A source familiar with Dowling's injury and progress said that he's remained in the area this offseason and is showing up at Gillette Stadium on a daily basis for rehab work. The source described Dowling as having made "great progress" after undergoing a surgical procedure.

The surgery wasn't initially in the plans when the Patriots placed Dowling on injured reserve in late October with a torn tendon in his leg. Initially, the thought process was that Dowling could have a full recovery without surgery, but it was ultimately decided that a "clean-up" would give him a better chance of not re-injuring the hip.

This created a tougher offseason for Dowling in terms of rehab, but he's currently hitting all his checkpoints.

The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Dowling projects as a key cog in the Patriots' secondary in 2012. The team selected him 33rd overall last season, which was the first pick of the second round.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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