Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has had to deal with what amounts to scraps on offense all year long.
In the beginning of the year, he had no Rob Gronkowski and had to rely on rookies Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins along with injury prone Danny Amendola and largely unproven Julian Edelman.
Now, in Week 15, he'll have even less than that.
Tom Brady will only have a skeleton crew at his disposal this weekend.
The New England Patriots announced Saturday evening that rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson (foot) and Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) have been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.
Dobson has been dealing with a foot injury all year and missed all of practice this week save Friday. Kenbrell Thompkins injured himself on an awkward landing against the Houston Texans in Week 13. He has practiced but has not played in a game since.
While both are rookies, they are the most experienced rookies on the roster. Now Brady will have to rely more on rookie Josh Boyce and veteran Austin Collie in the passing game.
In a big of good news however, Nate Solder will be able to play and Marcus Cannon will return to the lineup. So, at least what is left of the offensive line will be together.
The Patriots will have their O-line in tact with LT Nate Solder passing concussion test & RT Marcus Cannon returning to lineup vs. Dolphins— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) December 15, 2013