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New England Patriots place WR Aaron Dobson on injured reserve list

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It looks like injury has been added to insult for the New England Patriots as they seek to bounce back from a bitterly disappointing defeat to the Green Bay Packers in Week 13.

Reports today suggest Wide Receiver Aaron Dobson will be placed on the injured reserve list after having gone down with a hamstring injury during the third quarter of the Patriots' visit to Lambeau Field this past Sunday.

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The Boston Herald, citing a source within the Patriots camp, claim the second-year wideout will be placed on IR and is likely done for the season.

Dobson has served as a back-up for Julian Edelman this season in New England and as such the news is not catastrophic for the Patriots' Super Bowl aspirations. It is however another major blow for the player himself with Dobson having already had two major injuries in his young NFL career.

Dobson underwent major ankle surgery in March of this year, a procedure that involved inserting a screw into a broken foot, and the former Marshall star saw his 2013 rookie season cut short with a stress fracture.

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What with the issues above Dobson's appearance against the Packers was just his fourth outing of the season for the Patriots - and his first in five games.

After managing four touchdowns in 12 games in 2013 things certainly haven't gone to plan for the young player and it looks like Dobson will have to wait a while longer for another opportunity to impress Bill Belichick.

Ongoing issues

The Patriots are also continuing to monitor the fitness of starting wide receiver Julian Edelman this week as the No. 11 continues to deal with a thigh injury picked up in the team's Week 11 encounter with the Indianapolis Colts.

The diminutive WR was limited in the Patriots' first practice of the week but is confident he can put the pain to one side come game day.

“When you’re looking over to the left and to the right, you do it for your teammates," explained Edelman.

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