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Friday, January 17, 2014
Aaron Dobson (foot) questionable

By Field Yates
ESPNBoston.com

Wide receiver Aaron Dobson, who did not play in the New England Patriots' divisional round win over the Indianapolis Colts as he dealt with a foot injury, is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos.

The rookie out of Marshall suffered his second foot injury of the season in Week 17, an injury that held him out of practice for two weeks before his return Wednesday.

"I don't really know what my situation is going to be this weekend, but I'll go out there today, see how it feels, and go from there," Dobson said Friday before the team's morning practice.

Dobson said he's stayed mentally sharp by taking "mental reps" but acknowledged it was tough not being able to play last Saturday against the Colts.

"It was hard just to watch my team battle without me," said Dobson, who had 37 catches for 519 yards and four touchdowns this season. "They pulled it out, so I'm glad to get another opportunity to hopefully get back out on the field this Sunday."

Rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins is questionable after suffering a concussion last Saturday.

Punter Ryan Allen, who left Saturday's game with a shoulder injury, is also questionable after practicing each day this week. The Patriots did not try out or sign any punters this week, pointing toward Allen playing Sunday.

Linebacker Steve Beauharnais, who did not practice Friday, was said to be sick and has been ruled out for the game. Linebacker Dont'a Hightower (ankle) and wide receiver Danny Amendola (groin) headline a list of six players who are probable.

Information from ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss was used in this report.