BOSTON (CBS) — Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson had a tough rookie season, and his sophomore campaign doesn’t appear to be off to a great start either.

Dobson, who underwent foot surgery back in March, is doubtful for this week’s mandatory mini-camp at Gillette Stadium according to’s Nick Underhill. Dobson’s recovery time was expected to take 2-3 months, but it appears he is a little behind schedule.

The good news is that Dobson has been able to lose his walking boot, and at this point there is no word if the injury will cause him to miss the start of training camp when it begins at the end of July.

New England drafted Dobson in the second round last year, and the Marshall product showed flashes of potential in the 12 games he played in. But he suffered the foot injury in Week 12, causing him to miss three games, and re-aggravated the injury in the regular season finale. He missed the Patriots’ playoff win over the Colts and was not 100 percent when he returned for the AFC Championship game in Denver, catching just two passes in the game.

Dobson finished his rookie season with 37 receptions (on 74 targets) for 519 yards and four touchdowns. The Patriots are hoping he can be heavily involved in their passing game in 2014, so they will not rush him back from this latest bump in his return.



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