COMMENTARY | New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola reaggravated a groin injury originally suffered in a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New England's Week 1 victory over the Buffalo Bills on the road.
Amendola missed the Patriots' second game, an ugly 13-10 victory over the New York Jets in Foxboro, MA, and the original report coming from the Patriots' locker room was that he would be ready to play in Week 3 against the 0-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport , however, then claimed that Amendola's injury was more serious than originally expected and that he could miss as much as six weeks.
A report released on Sunday, Sept. 15 by Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, and subsequently reported by Gary Dozen of Boston.com, has confirmed that Amendola is suffering from torn adductor muscles in his hip and possibly a sports hernia as well. Amendola has received multiple conflicting reports on the sports hernia diagnosis and is seeking additional medical advice to determine whether surgery is necessary. Should surgery be required, Amendola will likely not return to the field until four weeks from now.
In his first game playing for the New England Patriots, wide receiver Danny Amendola shined, tallying 10 receptions for 104 yards, including several important grabs in traffic at key moments in the game.
Quarterback Tom Brady struggled to find a rhythm against the New York Jets' defense while throwing to rookie receivers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins, who combined for only 5 catches for 103 yards on 17 targets. Brady will miss having his favorite go-to receiver on the field over the next month should Amendola need surgery, and it will be very difficult for the Patriots to keep up with the high-powered offenses of the Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints, all of whom are scheduled to play New England prior to the expected return date of Amendola if surgery is required.
The Patriots' Week 3 match-up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be a good litmus test for how New England will fare in the following weeks. The Buccaneers have looked anything but impressive in their first two weeks, managing to score a dismal total of 33 points combined against the New York Jets and the New Orleans Saints. Their defense, however, has allowed an average of 17 points per game, ninth-best in the NFL's early season. If New England can find a way to score against Darrelle Revis and the Buccaneers' secondary, it will show real progress for Brady and a receiving corps missing the team's biggest weapons.
You can watch the New England Patriots play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. EDT on Fox.
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Justin Haskins is a New England native and a freelance journalist. He has been obsessively following Boston professional sports for 10 years and has been published in numerous online publications and websites.
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