No one has questioned Danny Amendola‘s talent over the last few years, but nearly everyone has questioned his durability. It’s not without good reason, because the wide receiver just flat out cannot stay healthy. He’s had his last two seasons completely derailed by injuries, starting only nine games combined. New England Patriots‘ fans were hoping for the best when the team signed him to essentially replace Wes Welker this offseason, but it looks like their worst fears are already being realized.
Amendola of course went down in the Patriots’ season opening win on Sunday with a groin injury. He did show great grit and determination by returning to the contest and finishing with 10 catches and 104 yards, but it appears the damage was done as the WR has been ruled out for this Thursday’s game against the New York Jets.
Perhaps if it wasn’t a short week, Amendola may have been able to tough it out again, but with only three days rest, he’ll be on the sidelines watching the new-look Pats offense.
This is a harsh reality check for the New England faithful, but it’s very clear at this point that Amendola is just one of those injury-ridden players that will likely always struggle to stay on the field. His 2013 season certainly is not lost, as we see players battle through groin injuries all the time, but I’m willing to bet that it’s only a matter of time before he goes down again with another injury. At the same time, the Pats should be fine without him this Thursday against the Jets and he’ll likely be ready to go in week three.