Tuesday July 29th, 2014

New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson, who underwent surgery March 10 to repair a stress fracture in his left foot, had a permanent screw inserted to help the healing process, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

Howe reports that the initial timeline for Dobson's recovery was 2-3 months, but the wide receiver didn't begin running until earlier this month.

Stress fractures have a high risk of re-injury if tested too much before fully healed, Howe reports, so the Patriots medical staff is being cautious with the second-year wide receiver.

Dobson started training camp on the physically unable to perform list. As of Monday, he did not have an estimated date for his return. During training camp, players can be taken off the PUP list at any time to begin practicing.

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