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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
WR Dobson remains out of practice

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson remains out of practice with a foot injury, making it unlikely he will be available for Saturday's divisional-round playoff against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Dobson, who hobbled off in the second quarter of the Patriots' season finale against the Bills on Dec. 29, hasn't practiced since.

At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, he is the team's tallest receiver and also arguably the club's best deep threat. A second-round draft choice out of Marshall, Dobson totaled 37 catches for 519 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season, playing 46.4 percent of the offensive snaps.

Julian Edelman (5-foot-10, 198 pounds) has been the Patriots' top receiver for most of the year and the Patriots' most ideal pairing in the two-receiver set has been when he teams up with Dobson, with Danny Amendola (5-11, 195) serving as the No. 3 target.

Without Dobson, the Patriots have at times turned more to Amendola, although he has a similar skill set to Edelman's. An Edelman-Amendola pairing also leaves the Patriots a bit smaller on the outside.

Rookie Kenbrell Thompkins (6-1, 195) and five-year veteran Austin Collie (6-0, 204) are next on the depth chart.

Elsewhere on the Patriots' injury front, starting left guard Logan Mankins (ankle) and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (knee) were present at practice for the second straight day.