New England Patriots star wide receiver Danny Amendola game into the game against the Buffalo Bills listed probable on the injury report with a groin injury, and he aggravated the injury before returning to the game and making a huge, clutch impact. Both he and Shane Vereen performed heroically whilst suffering from ailments, and it looks like both will be out against the New York Jets (Vereen is guaranteed to be out and will reportedly miss at least four weeks).
According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Danny Amendola is “almost certain” to miss Thursday’s game against the New York Jets, and this is certainly terrible news. Amendola’s absence would be a crushing blow to the Patriots offense, because he is easily the Patriots best pass-catcher with Rob Gronkowski on the shelf. Gronk is reportedly “unlikely” to play against the Jets, but I wonder if Amendola’s injury, Vereen’s injury, and Zach Sudfeld’s pulled hamstring force the Patriots to play Gronkowski sooner than they would like. We can only hope that Sudfeld doesn’t go down with them, because Amendola’s injury (and Vereen’s) is already a big enough blow.
As we saw on Sunday, the Patriots rookie receivers are simply not ready yet, and Danny Amendola also means just about everything to this passing offense. It’s almost the same story as last year, because it was Wes Welker who carried things as far as the receivers went while Brandon Lloyd was inconsistent and the star tight ends were injured. But now, Amendola is out. Thankfully, the Patriots receivers corps is deeper than it was last year, but it is still filled with question marks since the rookies are still getting things down after playing in their first game (well, except for Aaron Dobson).