Aaron Dobson doubtful for minicamp, three months after surgery

AP

NFL players are so often termed “ahead of schedule” in their recovery from surgery that it sometimes feels like the rehab schedules need to be updated. But there’s at least one NFL player who seems to be behind schedule in his offseason recovery.

Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson had foot surgery on March 10, and at the time, his recovery was expected to take 2-3 months. Now we’re more than three months beyond that surgery, and Dobson isn’t all the way back.

According to Nick Underhill of MassLive.com, Dobson is doubtful for this week’s mandatory minicamp.

That doesn’t mean Patriots fans need to be worried: Dobson is getting better and has been able to shed his walking boot. But it does mean that the 2-3 month timeline for Dobson’s recovery turned out to be overly optimistic.

The Patriots’ second-round draft pick last year, Dobson was a starter for most of last season and showed some potential, but he suffered the foot injury in Week 12, missed three games and was at less than 100 percent when he returned and tried to play through it at the end of the regular season and in the postseason. The Patriots want to make sure he’s healthy for Week One, and so they’ll likely ease him back into things, and let him recover on his own schedule.