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Broken bone in foot keeping Josh Boyce on sidelines at minicamp

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The Patriots drafted wide receivers Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce in hopes of vertically stretching the field on offense, but they’ll have to wait a little bit longer to see Boyce in action on the field.

Boyce is not taking part in on-field work at this weekend’s rookie minicamp because of a broken bone in his foot. Boyce is believed to have suffered the injury before the combine and had surgery after running a 4.38 for NFL scouts in Indianapolis.

Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com reports that Boyce termed his status “day-to-day” for a return to a full workload, a timeline that should have him ready to go in plenty of time for training camp this August. Once Boyce is healthy, it is expected that he and Dobson will battle for a starting role alongside Danny Amendola in the Patriots’ base offensive set.

Rookie wide receivers have been a mixed bag when it comes to production in their first seasons, which makes it a bit of a risk for the Patriots to count on two of them next season. That risk is mitigated by the presence of Amendola, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, though, and the Patriots were just fine offensively without pressuring defenses down the field the way they hope the two newcomers will this time around.

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6 Responses to “Broken bone in foot keeping Josh Boyce on sidelines at minicamp”
  1. rushmatic says: May 3, 2013 3:06 PM

    He ran a 4.38 after breaking a bone in his foot? I know there are probably varying degrees of pain and immobility, depending on where the break is, but that sounds pretty insane.

  2. ampats says: May 3, 2013 3:08 PM

    Boyce ran a 4.38 40 at the combine with a broken bone in his foot. Wonder what he can run when healthy ?

  3. jcmeyer10 says: May 3, 2013 3:19 PM

    Pretty happy to be having a guy like that play for the Pats next year.

  4. axltcu says: May 3, 2013 5:59 PM

    He was also top 5 for WRs in broad jump, 3 cone drill, and 60 yd shuttle with that broken bone.

  5. patsfiend says: May 3, 2013 6:25 PM

    I hope he’s getting better broken bone advice than Gronk.

  6. apollo1989 says: May 5, 2013 5:26 PM

    I love that the pats went out and not only drafted two WRs but signed two more UDFAs, rather then take a risk like Chad Jackson, this time they just brought in 4 guys when they really just need 1 to emerge as a solid pro.

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