Report: 'Increasing Likelihood' Phillip Dorsett Won't Play vs. Cowboys

Devon Clements

On Wednesday it was reported that there was "midweek optimism" that New England Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, who suffered a concussion in the team's Week 11 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, would clear concussion protocol in time for New England's Week 12 game against the Dallas Cowboys. 

That doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

As Mike Reiss of ESPN reported Saturday morning, there is an "increasing likelihood" that Dorsett will not play Sunday afternoon because he had not been cleared by doctors yet to resume full football activity. 

With veteran receiver Mohamed Sanu looking like he'll have an inactive designation in Week 12 because of an ankle injury, putting Dorsett on the shelf would be a big blow to the Patriots' passing attack against a stout Cowboys defense. 

If neither Dorsett or Sanu can play, that would leave Julian Edelman, N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers as the only receivers available to play Sunday afternoon. That's not ideal for a team that has leaned on their passing game because of a lackluster run game in 2019. 

Comments (3)
No. 1-3

They’ll just split burkhead and bolden, maybe throw in some slater. Cowboys guard will be down because they’re cowboys and pats will throw a lot of new stuff at them. I trust McDaniels to come up with some creative groupings


Wow!! We're up the creek without Sanu and Dorsett. Meyers is great and I hope TB12 can get used to looking for him. Harry will have to be the deep (?) threat.

Max McAuliffe
Max McAuliffe

Harry is really cheap on FanDuel and Draft Kings. Worth a shot if you play either.

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