As the active rosters came out for Monday’s Patriots-Chiefs game that eventually became the Pats' worst loss in over a decade, something didn't look quite right.
Both Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins were inactive, a curious decision from the Patriots, who had just three full-time wide receivers available to play (their fourth listed was Matthew Slater, who is a special teams captain and rarely plays on offense.)
It was the second straight game that Dobson, a 2013 second round pick by the Patriots, was inactive, despite seeming to have fully recovered from the foot injury that limited his preseason.
The answer to his benching may have come out on Wednesday, as the Globe's Shalise Manza Young reported that the reason for Dobson being inactive was due to a spat with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
on Dobson: source says he "mouthed off" to Josh McDaniels, leading to his being inactive vs. OAK & KC— shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) October 2, 2014
Dobson's only action of this season came in Week 2 against Minnesota, where he caught one pass for 13 yards on two targets in the Patriots' 30-7 win over the Vikings. He also committed an offensive pass interference penalty that wiped out a 26-yard catch by Danny Amendola in the second quarter.
Dobson played 12 games for the Patriots in his rookie season, catching 37 passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns before his season took a downturn due to a foot injury he suffered in Week 12.
The Patriots made the wide receiver out of Marshall their choice with the 59th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.