New England Patriots No. 1 receiver Danny Amendola missed practice yesterday for an unknown reason, and I wrote that he was “almost certainly” receiving some well-deserved rest. Well, I was darn wrong. CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran reports that Danny Amendola suffered an undisclosed injury, and that’s why he was not able to practice yesterday. Not only that, but a source close to Curran stated that Amendola might not play on Thursday against the Detroit Lions (Curran described Amendola’s chances as “iffy”).
The source “indicated” to Curran that Amendola’s injury isn’t serious, and the source also stated that Amendola does not have a head injury. That last bit is interesting, because the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin tweeted that Amendola was hit on the head during his sixth and final catch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday. He played some snaps after the play, though, and the fact that the source stated that it isn’t a head injury means that, well, it isn’t a head injury.
The Patriots will likely hold Danny Amendola out of Week 3′s contest as a precaution, because he doesn’t need the snaps. Even though Week 3 is usually when the starters play more, there’s no point in playing Amendola. He’s already entrenched as the team’s top receiver and safety valve, and the snaps will be better used by the rookie receivers who simply need them more. I don’t buy that Amendola is an injury prone player, but I wonder if that stigma influences the Patriots decision in deciding whether to hold him out of the Lions game. This injury sounds very minor at this point.