New England Patriots top wide receiver Danny Amendola did not practice all of last week with an unknown injury, and the only details reported were that the injury isn’t serious and that it isn’t a head injury. The Patriots wisely held Amendola out of Thursday’s preseason game against the Detroit Lions, and that gave the rookie receivers more snaps in the tune-up game. According to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, Amendola’s injury is either an ankle or foot injury and that Amendola did not travel with the team to Detroit.
Although Danny Amendola has quite the reputation in this league as an injury-prone player, there should be no concerns with this injury. It doesn’t seem to be anything resembling a long-term issues and is a minor injury. Amendola’s absence led to more playing time for Julian Edelman, who caught all three passes thrown at him for 18 yards. Edelman can back up Amendola in the slot, but I am always bothered when Edelman always runs routes close to the line of scrimmage; he’s capable of more than that.
One of the reasons why I really wanted the Pats to hold Amendola out of the game was a belief that Josh Boyce would get a lot of those snaps. We haven’t seen much of him this preseason, and we barely saw him play with the first-team on Thursday. I like Boyce, but it looks like he might not make much of an impact early on.