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Amendola “almost certain” to miss Thursday’s game

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The Patriots appear to be even shorter on offensive targets than they already were, with reports that wide receiver Danny Amendola isn’t expected to play Thursday against the Jets.

According to the Boston Herald, Amendola wasn’t spotted at the Patriots’ walkthrough, and a source said he was “almost certain” to miss the game.

Amendola aggravated a groin injury Sunday , but came back to finish the game with 10 catches for 104 yards. His durability was a concern when they signed him to replace Wes Welker, as he’s played 16 games once in his career.

They’re also going to be without running back Shane Vereen (broken bone in wrist) and likely tight end Rob Gronkowski as well this week, forcing quarterback Tom Brady to rely on an increasingly young group of wideouts.

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  1. jnbnet says: Sep 10, 2013 2:32 PM

    Ouch!

  2. punksinplay says: Sep 10, 2013 2:33 PM

    That’s the problem with this guy, he’s always hurt.

  3. swaggyy says: Sep 10, 2013 2:34 PM

    Talk about injury prone. Life some weights Danny

  4. bennyb82 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:34 PM

    Usually the Patriots are pretty smart with who they sign and who they cut…but they dropped the ball by not keeping Welker and thinking they can just replace him with Amendola…

  5. tonyugoh says: Sep 10, 2013 2:34 PM

    Karma for how arrogant they were in treating Welker?

  6. damnsureis says: Sep 10, 2013 2:34 PM

    …as Terrell Owens starts doing crunches in his driveway.

  7. skinsfan91 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:35 PM

    He probably could play. But it’s the Jets. Might as well rest him for a real opponent.

  8. pillowporkers says: Sep 10, 2013 2:35 PM

    Why is this even news? If the Pats didn’t play in the weakest division in the league, they wouldn’t sniff the playoffs.

  9. thekiller678 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:36 PM

    This could be an ugly offensive game. Don’t think I’ve said that about the Pats in over a decade

  10. severinsmith says: Sep 10, 2013 2:37 PM

    I wonder if he has a brother named Steven.

  11. flakeybiscuits says: Sep 10, 2013 2:37 PM

    they literally have no one on this team but tom brady….

  12. afcdomination says: Sep 10, 2013 2:38 PM

    he sure looks good in the pats offense. but this is why he was available at the price they signed him at. this is why he has bounced from team to team and the rams decided not to keep him.

    he is an injury waiting to happen. he seems to get these nagging injuries that keep him out a few games here and there

  13. surfinbird1 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:38 PM

    Jets 2 & 0 ??????????

  14. favresweiner says: Sep 10, 2013 2:41 PM

    Last week he said he was tired of answering questions about his health. He better get ready to answer some more.

  15. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Sep 10, 2013 2:41 PM

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I think the loss of Welker was a blunder by the New England Patriots.

    Nobody can question Danny Amendola’s impressive skill set or toughness. (We have only to look at this past Sunday’s Buffalo game to see those on display.) However, unlike Welker, Amendola’s DURABILITY is very much in question. Like that of Welker, Amendola’s role in the Brady-led offense is of CRITICAL importance, not only because of his ability to catch almost everything thrown his way, but because he OPENS UP THE FIELD for every other Pats receiver/runner. Amendola can’t help the Patriots if he’s not playing the game.

  16. jimmyt says: Sep 10, 2013 2:42 PM

    Duh, almost certain to miss 10-12 games of the season is more like it.

  17. blackandblueland says: Sep 10, 2013 2:42 PM

    MADE OF GLASS

  18. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Sep 10, 2013 2:43 PM

    surfinbird1 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:38 PM

    Jets 2 & 0 ??????????
    ————————————-
    Um no. Definitely not.

  19. patriots2120 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:44 PM

    As a Pats fan, this just angers me more about Welker leaving over what seems to be about a million dollars over two seasons. Perhaps there are other reason Welker left, but it angers me that BB and his arrogance surrounds a great QB like Brady with rookies and strips him if the rapport and familiarity he had with his core last season. Even Branch would be a better week to week option at this point. It sounded as if Lloyd had his issues within the organization, so maybe he had to go. Just seems to be another patch work WR corps like 2006 before they sold out for Moss, Welker, Stallworth, and Gafney. I’m all for drafting young WR’s and developing them, but that hasn’t always been easy in BB’s time, and should be done with a balance of rookies and veterans.

    Just venting….

  20. captainwisdom8888 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:45 PM

    I had a good feeling that Julian Edelman would play a big role in this offense with such a lack of notable receivers, and I’m pumped that I picked him up before Week 1 started. He’s the longest tenured WR on the Pats roster, he is well-versed on the nuances of their offense, and he has a good rapport with Tom Brady. Amendola played last week, and Edelman still finished with 7 catches for 70+ yards and 2 TDs. I expect him to be a very popular waiver wire add this week, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes one of the go-to guys for Tom Brady moving forward.

  21. larrydavid815 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:46 PM

    Don’t need him, its the Jets for christ sake. Don’t need to practice either. LOL

  22. dgreenfi says: Sep 10, 2013 2:48 PM

    Pats are going to have to re-sign Paul Revere if anyone else gets hurt.

  23. edelmanfanclub says: Sep 10, 2013 2:50 PM

    Sigh. The patriots should really work out Deion Branch. Sure he’s lost a step and can’t separate as well. But he can catch and has chemistry w. TB, none of these guys have that or can run precise routes besides JE and DA, and DA is obviously… well… hurt.

  24. green41563 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:51 PM

    Becoming laughable. Guy’s a chandelier.

  25. @Cereal_22 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:52 PM

    If they weren’t playing the Jets they’d be in trouble

  26. desicortez says: Sep 10, 2013 2:53 PM

    Can U say . . . soft?

    Good hands . . . soft body

  27. flash1283 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:53 PM

    pillowporkers says: Sep 10, 2013 2:35 PM

    Why is this even news? If the Pats didn’t play in the weakest division in the league, they wouldn’t sniff the playoffs.

    Lame, they have a winning record vs every division in the AFC. Including 24-4 vs the big bad AFC north since 2001

  28. bmore44 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:53 PM

    Mr Glass !!

  29. jimmyt says: Sep 10, 2013 2:54 PM

    More than just venting you are patriots2120. Finally coming to the inevitable realization that Belichick is not a genius you are. Search your feelings you will continue to do and find Tom Brady to be mediocre at best without cheating you will my Padawan learner.

  30. patsfan15 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:55 PM

    He’s had two really bad injuries. This is his first real nagging issue. He’s got a bad rep for nagging injuries which just isn’t the case.

  31. beardinals says: Sep 10, 2013 2:56 PM

    In further news we already knew was coming……

  32. dalcow4 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:56 PM

    Every football fan in the country knew this was coming. Except Pat Fan.

  33. ccjcsr says: Sep 10, 2013 2:57 PM

    Already…..

    #CowboyNation

  34. beardinals says: Sep 10, 2013 3:00 PM

    Fantasy “owners” are as insufferable as always.

  35. patriotenvy says: Sep 10, 2013 3:01 PM

    You people blaming the team for “letting” Welker go are over looking the fact that Welker didn’t want to be here anymore. He turned down more money from another team than the Broncos offered him, so it wasn’t just money. The Pats offered him 10 mil and he said no; he could have easly said yes to that. Then when he got to Dever he even complained about even Brady always telling him how to do things here. He played well here, but he wanted to move on and the Patriots where classy about it.

  36. merky19 says: Sep 10, 2013 3:01 PM

    On Thursday nite, watch for Quentin Simms from the practice squad and rookies Boyce and Thompson to step up. Maybe Dobson if he is not still out.

    No they are not the same Patriots this year but this won’t be disaster either.

  37. 80sbroncofan says: Sep 10, 2013 3:03 PM

    This is why the Rams would not sign him to a huge deal or use the franchise tag. Could be a pro bowl player but he is always hurt.

  38. green41563 says: Sep 10, 2013 3:04 PM

    Rhode Island Patriots Fan says:
    Sep 10, 2013 2:41 PM
    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I think the loss of Welker was a blunder by the New England Patriots.
    _________________________________

    You’re not exactly going out on a limb there, pal.

  39. claymatthewshairplugs says: Sep 10, 2013 3:05 PM

    China Dan is injured? This guy has never been healthy in his career. Luckily for the Pats its against the Jets.

  40. patriots123456 says: Sep 10, 2013 3:05 PM

    We may have to dust off Troy Brown and bring him back…

    A lot of the arsenal are not available for Thursday’s game…

    I don’t believe the Pat’s should be favored by 14…

  41. securb2013 says: Sep 10, 2013 3:08 PM

    Maybe Mo Wilkerson isn’t as crazy as we thought.

  42. 6ball says: Sep 10, 2013 3:10 PM

    .

    It’s a great opportunity for the Patriots young WR’s to show their skills. For the Patriots it’s an opportunity to see whether they’re ready for prime time or not. It’s better to assess and address in week 2 than week 12.

    .

  43. joshtanney says: Sep 10, 2013 3:13 PM

    Tough to see something like that, very talented guy. Hope the best for him. Get well soon Danny!

  44. dsigrey says: Sep 10, 2013 3:16 PM

    pillowporkers says: Sep 10, 2013 2:35 PM

    Why is this even news? If the Pats didn’t play in the weakest division in the league, they wouldn’t sniff the playoffs.
    —————————————-

    Brady and BB have a winning record against every team in the league except Denver (whom they’ve beaten 3 times in the past 2 seasons). No other QB coach is even close.

  45. green41563 says: Sep 10, 2013 3:16 PM

    patriotenvy says:
    Sep 10, 2013 3:01 PM
    You people blaming the team for “letting” Welker go are over looking the fact that Welker didn’t want to be here anymore.
    ________________________________

    Keep telling yourself that.

  46. trg728774 says: Sep 10, 2013 3:19 PM

    Rhode Island Patriots fan.. That was a very very good assessment on Amendola and Welker. I too am a pats fan and feel the pats botched the Welker situation. I honestly feel they have taken the last few years of Brady’s career and pissed it away. To not surround Tom with talent, reliable talent is just horrible. Especially after he reconstructs his contract to give them more cap room to GET talent around him. I’m personally sick of Belichick’s personnel decisions and have been for awhile. They are way too cheap and always looking for “value”. They didn’t even take care of the safety issue that they have needed to. You bring Gholdston and Gregory and offer Gregory the contract??? They need a GM and Bill needs to stick to coaching. Great coach , way overrated GM.

  47. dlbpatsfan says: Sep 10, 2013 3:19 PM

    Wow, Gronk out, Vereen out, Amendola likely to be out, Dobson still questionable. Edelman probably won’t make it to halftime before he’s hurt, or Ridley fumbles first, or all on the same play. This team is ready to be 1-1. Who are the targets? Sudfield’s hurt too, Boyce is playing hurt, and Thompkins has no connection with Brady YET. This might get ugly. Put in that guy Tebow threw 2 TD’s to against the Giants.

  48. michaeljacksonisback says: Sep 10, 2013 3:23 PM

    Rams fans told you so! When healthy, which is rare he good. He’s just constantly injured

  49. whiteknightblackheart says: Sep 10, 2013 3:29 PM

    Jets and the under.

  50. exboomer says: Sep 10, 2013 3:30 PM

    Boo Hoo, Brady doesn’t have any vets to throw to, Boo Hoo. Give me a freakin break. If he is as good as he thinks he is then this won’t be a problem.

  51. wearethesteelers says: Sep 10, 2013 3:31 PM

    We LOL. Yes, we LOL.

  52. brettfavresmidget says: Sep 10, 2013 3:33 PM

    I, for one, am flabbergasted.

  53. azarkhan says: Sep 10, 2013 3:36 PM

    So where are all the “BB” sycophants who thought treating Wes Welker shabbily by not making him a decent offer was the right thing to do? Where is the fan who wrote “Wes who?” after one preseason game? LOL! Danny Amendola will never replace Wes Welker. Period.

  54. dalcow4 says: Sep 10, 2013 3:36 PM

    WRs hurt? Depth very thin?

    Don’t worry, nothing the refs can’t handle.

    plus…. Kraft Audio/Visual Inc. will be working overtime in preparation for this game.

  55. ampats says: Sep 10, 2013 3:50 PM

    I’ll take his 10 catches & 104 yards receiving last week, let him rest the groin against the New Jersey Pop Warner team coming to Foxboro Thursday night.

    Its a groin people !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Did he not play the entire second half after reinjuring it and caught 7 more passes ?

  56. azarkhan says: Sep 10, 2013 4:01 PM

    6ball says: It’s a great opportunity for the Patriots young WR’s to show their skills.

    Yeah, they sure showed a lot in game 1. Thompkins, 14 targets, 4 receptions. Boyce, 2 targets, zero receptions. Who did I miss? Oh yeah, Sudfeld, the preseason rave who had zero receptions and is already injured and may not play Thursday. That kind of production is what Welker does in a half.

  57. whatnojets says: Sep 10, 2013 4:07 PM

    Meanwhile at the jail house, Arron Hernandez id flabbergasted that the Sheriff won’t allow them to watch any NFL football games on TV!

    Talking about cruel and inhumane punishment……!!!!!

  58. azarkhan says: Sep 10, 2013 4:10 PM

    My mistake. Four receptions is what Welker would catch from Brady in a quarter, not a half.

  59. green41563 says: Sep 10, 2013 4:12 PM

    ampats says:
    Sep 10, 2013 3:50 PM
    I’ll take his 10 catches & 104 yards receiving last week, let him rest the groin against the New Jersey Pop Warner team coming to Foxboro Thursday night.
    _________________________________

    I dunno. You came within a hair’s breadth of losing to the Buffalo Pop Warner team last week.

  60. bsizemore68 says: Sep 10, 2013 4:20 PM

    Don’t discount the wets, all they need is for the pats to hit there QB out of bounds and they will kick the winning field goal. Some times its best to be lucky then good. Bill

  61. returntoexcellence says: Sep 10, 2013 4:28 PM

    larrydavid815 says:
    Sep 10, 2013 2:46 PM
    Don’t need him, its the Jets for christ sake. Don’t need to practice either. LOL
    _______________________________

    This is exactly the kind of attitude that loses you games. Hopefully your Pats take this game (and every game) a little more serious than you do

  62. skylark70455 says: Sep 10, 2013 4:30 PM

    Shocking development…

  63. tedmurph says: Sep 10, 2013 4:40 PM

    azarkhan says:Sep 10, 2013 3:36 PM

    So where are all the “BB” sycophants who thought treating Wes Welker shabbily by not making him a decent offer was the right thing to do?

    ———————————————————-

    Welker isn’t here because of his agent misreading the market, not because he was treated shabbily. Welker turned down an offer last yr that was way better than the one he signed in Denver. The Pats offered close what he got in Denver this yr, but his agent thought he could get more. Then when Denver made Welker the offer, he came crying back to Kraft to match it, but the Pats had already moved on to Amendola so they wouldn’t get stuck with nothing. We’ll see how it plays out(it’s wk 1).

    Better to be a sycophant with some facts than a hater with none.

  64. kgun80 says: Sep 10, 2013 4:43 PM

    The Pats time is ending. The NFL is cyclical. If you look around. The teams in the East are getting better and younger. Brady can’t play forever.
    The Pats barely pulled off a win against a rookie coach a rookie QB and a defense missing its best corner and its best safety. I’m not going to be shocked if the Jets win.

  65. igotgamenj says: Sep 10, 2013 4:52 PM

    Miami will run the AFC East for the next 10 years…BOOK IT !

  66. beerinmybelly says: Sep 10, 2013 5:03 PM

    Pats don’t need an offense on Thursday. They are playing the Jets.

  67. 15starr says: Sep 10, 2013 5:09 PM

    My inside sources tell me Amendola is a tough cat, which was obvious in week 1, and he’ll be ready to go on Thursday.

  68. azarkhan says: Sep 10, 2013 5:11 PM

    tedmurph: Welker isn’t here because of his agent misreading the market, not because he was treated shabbily.

    Brady and Welker are best friends, but according to you, Welker couldn’t wait to leave. The Patriots had all year to re-sign him, but did nothing until after the season. Even then, their offer was half-hearted and laughable.

    You don’t have any facts, you’re just spewing the party line. But the bottom line is that if Belichick and Kraft wanted Wes Welker, they could have re-signed him. He would have loved to have finished his career as a Patriot. But they didn’t, and now they, and you, are stuck with Amendola, a wide out who has missed 22 games due to injury over a 4 year career. I’ll let you google how many games Wes has missed. Hint: it’s nowhere near 22.

    Meanwhile Welker is p

  69. deathonwings410 says: Sep 10, 2013 5:18 PM

    Tom Brady will do fine without top tier receivers. I think he’s winning the MVP this year.

    And this is coming from a diehard Ravens supporter.

  70. tedmurph says: Sep 10, 2013 5:55 PM

    @azarkhan:

    Read my post, never said Welker couldn’t wait to leave. His agent misread the market and convinced Wes he was right. They couldn’t have resigned him unless they caved to his agents rediculous demands. Here are the facts(even though you offer none): In the previous offseason the Pats offered Welker 2yrs@16 mil(which I guess you didn’t realise), way more than he ended up getting from the Broncos. Agent turned it down. Pats franchised him and pd 9.5 mil, hardly a shabby deal. After that season the Pats offered 2yrs@10 mil, which was the correct mkt value. Welker’s agent came back with 3yrs/24 mil and held firm. The Pats let him walk and moved on. Turned out the Pats were right, because that’s what he got from Denver, and that was the only offer he got. Do some homework, will ya?

    I don’t care how many gms Amendola missed when he was a Ram, I hardly think they’re stuck with him, he looked pretty good last wk. I like Welker, but I think this will turn out well for the Pats, esp over the next 4 yrs. We’ll see.

  71. docboss says: Sep 10, 2013 6:06 PM

    Against the jets! Another bye as long as Brady plays.

  72. jcav22 says: Sep 10, 2013 6:06 PM

    They have the replacement…his initials are Julius Edelman.

  73. CKL says: Sep 10, 2013 6:11 PM

    WW is a very good player. Probably will be productive for a few more years too. There are a handful of players who had good years left who the Pats let go or traded: Branch, Seymour, Samuel, Law etc. The only time I truly thought they messed up was with Branch, who was still in his prime (I know Asante was too but I’ve never liked finesse CBs).

    Amendola is more naturally talented than WW, but part of ability is availability. Only time will tell who made out better on this deal. Teams are rarely a receiver away from winning a SB. Look at the receiver corps of most SB winning teams. I’d rather my team’s defense took a leap to top 5 in points allowed than to have WW back.

  74. forsbergler says: Sep 10, 2013 6:32 PM

    This week will be excellent proof about how badly the Pats cheat at home. This offence will probably put up 50 points with absolutly no talent on the feild. Brady will have the jets Def’s calls being fed to him on a secondary helmet freq, while he looks calm and composed in the pocket…..As bad as the Pats looked last week….they will do a complete 180 this week with less talent on the feild….hmmmmm. ALL FOOTBALL FANS MUST READ… SPYGATE “the untold story”

  75. sbmcintosh36 says: Sep 10, 2013 6:33 PM

    Well does I told you so sound familiar?

  76. tedmurph says: Sep 10, 2013 6:57 PM

    Spygate book. Self published with his own money by a guy that lost his license in the financial industry, because he couldn’t get a legitimate house to publish it. Cites no evidence or sources, other than a Vegas bookie and a fringe stat guy. Offers no proof of his ‘theories’. The premise of the book is statistically, the Pats are so good at home, they must still be cheating. We don’t know exactly what EAdams does, so it must be him, They go on to make the rest up, and even the author admits it’s just a theory.

    Oh, I forgot, the author is a disgruntled fan of a rival team, either Jets or Steelers, I think.

    If anyone likes those kind of books, there are a couple of other ones about the US Gov’t being behind 9/11 and Obama being born in Kenya. Check em out, they’re about as legit.

  77. tigerlilac says: Sep 10, 2013 7:26 PM

    Comments to the effect that the Patriots mistreated Wes Welker are naive. Welker played chicken with the Patriots, plain and simple. That was his right. His Plan B (Denver) worked well for him. I love Welker as a player but please stop the nonsense that the Patriots, and Bill Belichick specifically, did wrong by Wes.

  78. TheWizard says: Sep 10, 2013 7:39 PM

    It’s week 2 and all over for the Patriots because they don’t have Welker.

    Who was offered more than he makes now.

    Let’s see about week 12 where things are at. I know many of you are eager for the demise of the Pats, but I think you’re way early.

  79. tigerlilac says: Sep 10, 2013 7:59 PM

    “Miami will run the AFC East for the next 10 years…BOOK IT !”

    If that was a stock tip I would short it.

  80. tigerlilac says: Sep 10, 2013 8:03 PM

    “Becoming laughable. Guy’s a chandelier.”

    Amendola played hurt. No, my mistake, he played outstanding despite being hurt.

    What’s laughable is an anonymous poster to a football thread ridiculing the toughness of Danny Amendola.

  81. bighurt228 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:13 PM

    As a lifelong time Patriot fan, I have lived with this team for the last decade with Brady, and spent many lean years with mediocre teams before he arrived.. I have grown to appreciate greatness every week by watching one of the games true stars. We have competed the last decade over and over in championship games and superbowls. We have won our fair share. As a fan we should consider ourselves extremely lucky to support such a successfull coach and team. I also feel we may have left a couple of Super Bowl trophies on the table due to subpar wide receivers thru the years. One Can only imagine what Tom would have accomplished with some star receivers thru his career. Now we’re faced with rookies trying to step in all at once… to keep the ship afloat. We needed an infusion of youth at this position, but now injuries are mounting. I as a fan feel like its next man up, and it’s time for the rookies to hit the field and execute the plays. I’m confident that as this season goes along , this team will gel in time for the playoffs.

  82. drewsylvania says: Sep 10, 2013 11:41 PM

    Injuries happen. It’s football. Sometimes they stack up. The Pats are better equipped than most teams to handle injuries due to their depth. I have the suspicion that Gronk will be missed (of course), but they’ll compensate for Amendola and Vereen being out. Once again, it will come down to protecting the ball, whoever’s out there.

  83. bighurt228 says: Sep 11, 2013 2:08 PM

    Let the haters hate. What we have experienced over the last decade breeds jealousy and hate. We are lucky to be fans of the winningest NFL franchise over the last decade.

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