Rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson practiced all week with the Patriots and made the trip to Denver, along with fellow rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins. Patriots director of media relations Stacey James confirmed Saturday the team did not downgrade any players. Dobson did not play in the divisional round victory over the Colts last weekend.
Dobson (foot) was one of three Patriots listed as questionable Friday, along with Thompkins (hip/concussion) and punter Ryan Allen (shoulder). Reserve linebacker Steve Beauharnais was ruled out with an illness, which had been circulating the locker room. Quarterback Tom Brady and long snapper Danny Aiken missed practice Wednesday with an illness, but both returned the next day.
A healthy Dobson would give the Patriots a deep threat. He had 37 catches for 519 yards and four touchdowns in the regular season.