The New England Patriots received two notable players back at practice yesterday, as Danny Amendola, as expected, returned to the practice field, thus confirming that his foot or ankle injury was very minor. Defensive end Jermaine Cunnigham was also finally spotted at practice, and he is clearly on the roster bubble. I still have him on the outside looking in, but what helps him is the fact that neither Jake Bequette nor Michael Buchanan have shown up well this preseason. Cunningham is clearly best fit as a 3-4 OLB, but he still has a chance at making the roster despite his comparative cost and August injury.
Danny Amendola was held out of the Week 3 game against the Detroit Lions as a precaution, and there was really no reason to throw Amendola out there. It is obvious that the Patriots have a talented player in Amendola, and he doesn’t need the snaps, especially at the expense of rookie receivers. However, it is still definitely good to hear from ESPN Boston’s Field Yates that Amendola was able to participate fully in practice.
The same cannot be said for Cunningham, who is easing back into things by working with the strength and conditioning staff away from the rest of the team. He hasn’t played in a preseason game to this point, and he will need to be impressive against the New York Giants (assuming he isn’t cut).
Here’s what Amendola said about returning, and he definitely isn’t concerned, “I felt good today. Everybody was flying around, everybody looked good. Coming off a couple days off, we were ready to get back at it. So it was a good day.”