It was obvious when it happened in the second half of Sunday’s game between the Patriots and the Saints: receiver Danny Amendola suffered a concussion.
The Patriots refused to acknowledge that until they had to. On Wednesday, they had to. In the first injury report of the week, the Patriots disclosed that Amendola missed practice, both with a concussion and a groin injury.
Under league rules, Amendola won’t be able to practice until he receives clearance from an independent neurologist. He’ll need separate clearance to return to game action.
Also missing from practice were guard Dan Connolly (concussion), defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (knee), cornerback Aqib Talib (hip), and running back Leon Washington (ankle).
Limited in practice were running back Brandon Bolden (knee), receiver Julian Edelman (thigh), tight end Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm), tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (knee), safety Devin McCourty (shoulder), receiver Matt Slater (wrist), and safety Tavon Wilson (hamstring).