Injury-prone players are the most frustrating types of players in any sports. That goes double for talented players like Danny Amendola.
Even though Amendola is a go for Week 1 at the Buffalo Bills, he has reportedly been limited in practice all week with a groin injury. His official status has been deemed as “probable,” but one has to wonder if this injury will either slow him down in the game, or could perhaps turn into a major injury.
Amendola has only played in 12 games over the last two seasons. It was not without reason, as he tore his triceps in 2011 and broke his clavicle in 2o12. Any player would have sat with those types of injuries, and there’s no doubt that these injuries can break down a player’s body.
So now Amendola is more prone to either having similar types of injuries, or may just suffer a new injury altogether because his body has taken more abuse than the average player over the past two seasons.
The most frustrating part of this whole thing is that Amendola could actually prove to be an upgrade on Wes Welker. While that is tough to say after Welker’s performance last night, Amendola is five years younger, faster, and more versatile than the man he is trying to replace.
And if there was any time for Amendola to break out, it would be while he is playing with Tom Brady. Brady was the quarterback who made Welker what he is today because Brady is an elite quarterback. Young, exciting wide receivers like Amendola will only see their full potential if they stay healthy and they play with elite quarterbacks. Amendola’s potential is a No. 1 wide receiver in this offense. He can easily catch 100 passes if he stays healthy.
Minor injuries like these are scary though. A player like Amendola can’t afford to have a setback like this, especially given what he has been through in his NFL career.
Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.