Dobson had 37 catches for 519 yards and four touchdowns in 2013.
The report says Dobson could require surgery if giving his foot rest did not work. If that hapens, it sounds unlikely he'd be cleared in time for the April 21 start of the offseason program if he needs the procedure.
"Hopefully, I don't know yet, but hopefully I will be," said Dobson of his availability for the offseason program.
Dobson heads into his second season hoping to improve on his rookie totals. He had 37 catches for 519 yards and four touchdowns in 2013.
"I've just got to build off that," Dobson said. "I definitely had a setback, but I feel like I have to build off that, take it for what it was, learn from it, the experience of the games I was in, playing good and take it and run with it."
The first is deciding to pay free agent
Amendola is safe this offseason despite a down year, but he could be released after the 2014 season if he struggles again. The team hopes the three second-year receivers of
The Patriots also could look at receivers in free agency, especially if Edelman leaves, and they could be in play for
Dobson, 22, played just under half the offensive snaps. He's ticketed for a bigger role in 2014.
Dobson caught 31 passes for 454 yards and four touchdowns in his first eight games. That alone was the most receiving yards and touchdowns for a Patriots rookie receiver in the Tom Brady era. But he managed just six catches for 65 yards the rest of the way, missing three games in the process.
"I guess I have wondered 'what if,' but stuff like that happens," Dobson told the Boston Herald. "You're not going to be 100 percent throigh the whole season, so I tried to get through it the best way I could."
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