Aaron Dobson and Darrius Heyward-Bay are out

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FOXBOROUGH — As expected, the Patriots will be without receiver Aaron Dobson on Saturday night when they face the Colts in the AFC divisional round. Dobson has been ruled out with a foot injury that he aggravated in the regular-season finale against the Bills.

The rookie initially suffered the injury against the Broncos Nov. 24 and missed the next three games. He returned against the Ravens Dec. 22, and was chasing down a deep pass attempt against Buffalo when he pulled up. He has not practiced since, and New England will be without its tallest receiver (Dobson is 6 feet 3 inches) and best downfield threat.

New England declared fellow rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) questionable, along with cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (knee, shoulder).

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