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Bill Belichick: Aaron Dobson inactive for football reasons only

Aaron Dobson, Trumaine McBride

Aaron Dobson, Trumaine McBride


Earlier this week, there was a report that the Patriots have left wide receiver Aaron Dobson on the inactive list for the last two weeks because he “mouthed off” to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about that report on Friday, specifically whether Dobson was held out of the games for disciplinary reasons. Belichick said that “football” reasons were the only ones to explain why Dobson has been out of the lineup. Belichick was then asked whether the receiver and McDaniels had any confrontation.

“No and I’ll have a comment on that later,” Belichick said, via Mike Petraglia of WEEI.

We’ll see if the comment extends beyond “on to Cincinnati” because the Patriots only dressed three wide receivers against the Chiefs on Monday night and the team has had a need all year for receivers who can play on the outside of the offense. If Dobson is healthy -- he had foot surgery in the offseason -- and not able to do that, Dobson doesn’t have much value to the Pats.