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Report: Dobson headed to IR

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According to a report in the Boston Herald, citing a source, Patriots second-year wide receiver Aaron Dobson will be placed on injured reserve due to the hamstring injury he suffered last Sunday in the loss at Green Bay.

Dobson has had a disappointing sophomore season in which he's played in just four games, catching three passes for 38 yards. He's been a healthy scratch in eight games on the year.

Dobson missed the bulk of the offseason – including spring OTAs and must of training camp/preseason action – after having offseason foot surgery. That clearly hampered his attempt to improve and carve out a role for himself in his second season. The team's offseason signing of veteran Brandon LaFell, who's done a nice job building a rapport with Tom Brady, also limited his Dobson's role this fall.

As a rookie a year ago – and part of New England's "re-do" of the wide receiver position – Dobson started nine of the 12 games he played in. He ranked fifth on the team with 37 catches, fourth with 519 yards and tied for second with four touchdown receptions.

But his second season did anything but build on that relatively impressive rookie production. Rather, 2014 will go down as a lost year for Dobson and could put his future role in Brady's offense in doubt.

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