Aaron Dobson's left foot is still barking at him months after he first injured it. According to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, Dobson has been told to rest his foot, which has impacted his offseason training regimen somewhat. The team's medical staff is keeping an eye on him, and it will decide in about two weeks whether the rest was sufficient to let the foot heal or if Dobson needs surgery.
Howe said, via a source, "It's unclear how long the recovery period would be, but it sounds unlikely [Dobson would] be cleared in time for the April 21 launch of the Patriots' offseason program if he needs the procedure."
Dobson said his foot started bothering him in October. Then during Week 12, he developed a significant injury in the foot and missed the following four games. He re-aggravated the injury in Week 17, which forced him to miss the team's divisional round playoff game. Dobson was active for the AFC Championship, but caught just two passes on three targets for 33 yards.
An operation, given that Howe's timetable is correct, won't crush Dobson's growth as a player or potential as a 2014 fantasy breakout. The Patriots just need to make sure that surgery, if needed, will cure what ails him once and for all. We'll keep you updated on Dobson's progress and any future physical setbacks he might encounter. For now, he is a big-time sleeper/value pick.