New England Patriots: Danny Amendola Back At Practice

By philipalexander
Danny Amendola
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ctice on the all-important Wednesday.

What this likely means is that Amendola will, probably suit up for the upcoming game against the Miami Dolphins. If he does, it would only be the fourth time in eight games that Amendola is active. His injury-prone reputation has not gone away. This time, however, it’s not fault.

Amendola suffered a nasty hit in Week 6 against the New Orleans Saints. He was leveled in between two defenders, which jerked his head backwards. Anyone who was watching the game would think that Amendola suffered a concussion. And they were right. Even if Amendola wanted to play last Sunday, there was virtually no chance that he would. In most cases, NFL protocol makes it so a player has to take a week off when he suffers a concussion. So Amendola’s hands were pretty much tied on this one.

But if he is indeed returning this Sunday, it cannot be soon enough. Tom Brady is really struggling this season. Whether that is due to lack of offensive weapons or a potential decline is unclear. What we do know is that Brady has yet to play a game with his two top receiving targets in the fold. If Amendola gets back on Sunday, it will as close to healthy as the Patriots offensive players can get.

Despite his up-and-down tenure with the Patriots so far, Amendola is certainly the most polished wide receiver on the team. He might not be as good as Wes Welker, but Amendola has similar quickness and superior burst. He just needs to stay healthy for Patriots fans to finally realize this.

Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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