He’s injured again! New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola took a vicious hit last Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Now he is apparently dealing with a head injury, which caused him to miss practice earlier today. Chances are that Amendola is likely dealing with a concussion.
This, of course, is not a new thing for Amendola. First off, he suffered a concussion back in 2009. Secondly, he has already missed three games this season. Amendola has yet to shed his reputation of being injury-prone since he signed with the Patriots. The wide receiver has only played in one full game. To make matters worse, he was on a snap count in that game.
However, Bill Belichick was apparently ready for Amendola to get injured again. Almost two weeks ago, Belichick signed wide receiver Austin Collie. That gives Josh McDaniels three slot receivers to work with, and that’s a good thing because Amendola just can’t stay healthy.
It’s also good thing that the often-injured Collie is not the only insurance to Amendola. Amendola’s direct backup, Julian Edelman, has stayed relatively healthy throughout his career. In 2013, Edelman has shown the ability to take big hits and bounce back from them. He is a reliable slot receiver, though he doesn’t offer much playmaking ability down the field. Overall, Edelman is a downgrade from Amendola, but he is still a reliable backup that can perform well when called into action.
As for Collie, he has shown that he might still have something left in the tank. If Collie can regain any of his former ability, then the Patriots will be just fine at the slot receiver position. With this kind of depth, Amendola can take his time to get fully healthy.
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.