In their first game with tight end Rob Gronkowski done for the season, the Patriots won’t be able to rely on a pair of promising young receivers to help fill the void.
The Patriots officially have downgraded second-round rookie Aaron Dobson and undrafted rookie Kenbrell Thompkins to out.
Dobson has missed the last two games with a foot sprain. Thompkins, who missed the Week 14 win over the Browns, has a hip injury. Both had been listed as questionable.
Also questionable for the Patriots are cornerback Kyle Arrington (groin), tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (knee, shoulder), tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (knee), tackle Nate Solder (concussion), linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee), and tackle Will Svitek (ankle).