After missing the past three weeks with a groin injury, it appears that oft-injured receiver Danny Amendola will return in week 5 for the New England Patriots. He even hinted as much by saying that he is “looking forward to Sunday.”
While this is not a definitive answer as to whether he will play this week, the feeling around the NFL is that Amendola will suit up for the game.
This is great timing for the Patriots to bring him back. With RB Stevan Ridley out for Sunday, while Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson are listed as questionable for the game, the offense faces several question marks this week against the Cincinnati Bengals.
As for Amendola, this could be his most important game yet as a member of the Patriots. Given the fact that several players in Cincinnati’s secondary are iffy for Sunday, Tom Brady could be plenty busy on Sunday. With several of his targets banged up, he may look for Amendola early and often in the passing game.
The Bengals do not have sufficient ammo to cover him, and he should be able to roam free at several points in the game. It is not inconceivable to think that he could cross the century mark in receiving yards while finding the end zone in his return this week. In any case, expect a big game from Amendola as he makes his return from a groin injury after a three-week absence.
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