Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola got conflicting medical opinions about whether he needed sports hernia surgery to correct the groin problem that was one of the reasons for his absence from the lineup in Week Two, leading him to solicit the thoughts of other doctors on the best course of action going forward.
According to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, those consultations have resulted in a decision not to have surgery. That doesn’t mean that Amendola will be back in the lineup immediately, however.
While coach Bill Belichick said Monday that Amendola is “day-to-day,” Guregian reports that the timetable for his return to action is a few weeks. Amendola is also dealing with torn adductor muscles in his hips, which have combined with the groin injury to leave Amendola on the sideline at present.
That’s still better than the six weeks or so that Amendola would have missed if he had the sports hernia surgery, so this qualifies as good news for the Patriots even if they’ll still need to spend the immediate future trying to forge a more productive receiving corps out of the pieces on hand.