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News Blitz 7/22: Keeping track of the injured Patriots

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Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston shares his analysis on all of the injured Patriots heading into training camp.

On WR Aaron Dobson: "Second-round draft choice from 2013 didn't participate in spring camps after undergoing surgery for a stress fracture in his left foot on March 10," writes Reiss. "He was officially placed on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list on Monday, but can come off at any time." READ MORE>>

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Sean Leahy](http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/07/22/patriots-training-camp-what-watch-for/oYKS1aGokJQ7esvMh35maJ/story.html) of the Boston Globe expects the Patriots to be cautious with TE Rob Gronkowski as he works his way back from ACL surgery.

"Gronkowski is a candidate to be placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list," adds Leahy. "That won't preclude him from playing Week 1 (the PUP list at the start of camp is separate from the PUP list at the start of the regular season, which sidelines a player for at least six weeks), but it would be a sign that the Patriots intend to have Gronkowski slowly return to action in camp." READ MORE>>

Eric Wilbur of Boston.com believes that it's Super Bowl or bust for the Patriots this season.

"In the AFC, you have the Broncos and the Patriots. That is all," writes Wilbur. "Every other team can relax and look ahead to 2015. Sorry, Ravens, Jets, and Steelers. Apologies to the up-and-coming Bengals, Colts, and Chiefs. Better luck next year Texans, Jaguars, and Raiders (and, frankly, the year after that, and the year…)." READ MORE>>

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Just because...we had a little fun with Photoshop and present to you some Patriots blood with their younger selves.

Mark Daniels](http://www.providencejournal.com/sports/patriots/content/20140722-an-early-projection-of-patriots-53-man-roster.ece) of the Providence Journal predicts Patriots OL Dan Connolly will be cut in his early 53-man roster projection.

"Dan Connolly has been the starting right guard for the past two seasons after starting at center in 2011," notes Connolly. "The biggest question is whether Connolly is a $4-million player. He's in the last year of his contract and if the Pats cut him, they'll save $2,505,000. We saw Kline and Halapio get first-team reps in minicamp. When a team drafts three offensive lineman, you expect there to be a change or two." READ MORE>>

Nick O'Malley of MassLive.com takes a closer look at Patriots LB James Anderson, who he predicts could be on the roster bubble.

"As long as Anderson stays healthy and remains a stud in coverage, he could shape up to be one of the key under-the-radar cogs of the Patriots defense this season," writes O'Malley. "They just have to avoid putting him on the field when teams are likely to run the ball." READ MORE>>

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