Pats’ Thompkins out, Dobson active vs. Broncos

Updated: January 19, 2014, 2:39 PM ET


By
Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com


DENVER — New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins will not play in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, but fellow rookie Aaron Dobson is active against the Denver Broncos.

Thompkins suffered a concussion in last week’s AFC divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Dobson missed the divisional round with a foot injury, which he suffered in the season finale against Buffalo.

Dobson, who was limited in his return to practice this past week, joins Julian Edelman atop the Patriots’ receiver depth chart, with Danny Amendola and Austin Collie next in line.

There were no major surprises among the Patriots’ inactive players Sunday, with cornerback Justin Green, tight end D.J. Williams, linebacker Steve Beauharnais, guard Chris Barker, defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and defensive end Jake Bequette joining Thompkins.

For the Broncos, quarterback Zac Dysert, running back Ronnie Hillman, cornerback Marquice Cole, offensive tackle Vinston Painter, guard Chris Kuper, tight end Joel Dreessen and defensive tackle Sione Fua were inactive.

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