The New England Patriots finally had some positive signs as both Danny Amendola and Aqib Talib returned to practice on Wednesday. The Patriots have been hit with injuries all year, especially on the defensive side of the ball, and Talib’s absence showed as the Patriots struggled to do anything without their top corner on the field. Talib hurt his hip in Week 6 against the New Orleans Saints, an injury he has struggled with multiple times in his career. Luckily for the Patriots it looks like it was not serious and he could be ready to go Week 8 against the Miami Dolphins.
Amendola was knocked out of the same game as Talib with a concussion, and he also missed the game against the Jets. Amendola has been battling injuries all year, as he has his whole career, but has shown signs of brilliance at times. The Patriots could use a healthy Amendola in this offense that now has Rob Gronkowski set to play his second game this season. The Patriots have struggled greatly on third down converting only 1-of-12 against the New York Jets and only converting two times in the last three weeks. Having Amendola back will hopefully give Tom Brady another option and help the offense improve on those numbers.
Both players are going to be key for the Patriots moving forward, especially Talib. The Patriots can do so much more on defense when they have their shutdown corner on the field. Through six games Talib has four interceptions and has been considered the most valuable player on the Patriots’ defense. If the Patriots hope to make a run late in the season they will need both players to stay healthy and be big contributors for this team.