Today was a good day at practice for the New England Patriots since it saw the return of injured players. Danny Amendola, who suffered a concussion against the New Orleans Saints, and Aqib Talib, who aggravated his previous hip injury in the same game, were both back on the practice field. As we saw with Rob Gronkowski, a return to practice doesn’t guarantee either player will see the field this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, but it is a positive step in the right direction. Last week the Patriots offense was miserable against a mediocre Jets secondary, so the return of Amendola will help significantly. He will be eligible to return if he has no more symptoms this week and is cleared by an independent neurologist.
Talib was missed dearly last week since Kyle Arrington performed terribly in his absence, so bad that Logan Ryan saw significantly more playing time than him. Talib was limited in practice today and didn’t wear thigh pads in a full-padded practice. His return will help return the defense to it’s previous dominance, as will the return of Andre Carter. If he plays on Sunday, he will likely be paired-up against Mike Wallace.
Bill Belichick commented today that Shane Vereen is “day-to-day at this point” so he should begin practicing soon. He brings a versatility that this offense has been missing, so his return on week 11 will be huge for this team.