Dobson (foot) returns; Fletcher (groin) out

Dobson (foot) returns; Fletcher (groin) out
December 22, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Aaron Dobson is active for New England's Sunday evening game in Baltimore. The receiver has been out of commission since Week 12, when he injured a foot against Denver. He has 35 catches for 492 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games.

A groin injury has linebacker Dane Fletcher sidelined for the first time in 2013. Consequently, Steve Beauharnais is active for just the fourth time this season. The only game-day snaps he's gotten were October 20 against the Jets.

The deactivation of Isaac Sopoaga marks his fall on the depth chart. The defensive tackle, who's played in every Patriots game since being traded to New England October 29, has recently fallen behind Chris Jones, Joe Vellano, and Sealver Siliga.

Receiver Josh Boyce was the only Patriot ruled out on Friday's injury report. He's nursing an ankle injury suffered in the second half of New England's loss to Miami last weekend. Starting left tackle Nate Solder (concussion) and receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) were downgraded to "Out" by the team Saturday.

The full list of Patriots inactives:

WR - Josh Boyce (Ankle)

WR - Kenbrell Thompkins (Hip)

OT - Nate Solder (Concussion)

LB - Dane Fletcher (Groin)

TE - DJ Williams (Healthy scratch)

DL - Jake Bequette (Healthy scratch)

DT - Isaac Sopoaga (Healthy scratch)

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (sprained MCL) is active as expected. It's more surprising to see Dallas Clark is out for illness. The tight end did not practice Wednesday, but returned and participated fully Thursday and Friday. He was listed as "Probable" for Sunday.

Inactive for Baltimore:

TE - Dallas Clark (Illness)

CB - Asa Jackson (Thigh)

ILB - Albert McClellan (Neck)

S - Omar Brown (Healthy scratch)

C - Ryan Jensen (Healthy scratch)

WR - Deonte Thompson (Healthy scratch)

DT - Brandon Williams (Healthy scratch)