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Danny Amendola rejoins Patriots at practice

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Wide receiver Danny Amendola didn’t practice at all last week after suffering a concussion against the Saints in Week Six and was ruled out of last Sunday’s game against the Jets as a result.

It’s too early in the week to know whether or not Amendola will be able to play against the Dolphins in Week Eight, but he’s moving in the right direction. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that Amendola was in pads and on the field for Patriots practice on Wednesday, which means he’s passed at least that portion of the concussion protocol. The wideout would need further clearance for game action if he hasn’t received it already.

Cornerback Aqib Talib missed the loss to the Jets as well, but was out on the field with his teammates. Howe points out that Talib was not wearing thigh pads, which may be a sign that he hasn’t been cleared for a return to full contact after the hip flexor injury that forced him out of the lineup.

Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly and running back Leon Washington were the only members of the team missing from practice on Wednesday.

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  1. azarkhan says: Oct 23, 2013 11:18 AM

    Week 7-

    Wes Welker, 7 recepts, 96 yds, 0 TDs
    D. Amendola, 0 recepts, 0 yds, 0 TDs

    So this is the guy who was going to replace the great Wes Welker. LOL

  2. spygatedontexist says: Oct 23, 2013 11:29 AM

    spygate #cheaters
    karma is a bitch
    welker has more TDs than brady bunch

  3. cornerstone2001 says: Oct 23, 2013 11:34 AM

    Injuries have killed the NFL product

  4. seansds3d says: Oct 23, 2013 11:35 AM

    Amendola is good but he seems like he’s fragile as glass and gets injured a TON. He’s just one of those guys who’s prone to injury…

  5. Bill Belichick says: Oct 23, 2013 11:41 AM

    azarkhan, I certainly am not going to dispute Amendola is not Welker (but who is???). The tone of your comment suggests that the Pats chose Amendola over Welker. The fact of the matter is the Pats offered Welker a better deal than what the Broncos offered him. He had made up his mind that he wasnt returning. He couldnt get along with Belichick. That is the reason he left. These stupid comments as if the Pats made the wrong choice are a stretch to act as if the Pats are morons. They offered him a competitive deal (a better deal) and he walked. He is happy in Denver and I am happy for him. I root for him to have a fantastic year, just not when they play the Pats…

  6. thegronk87 says: Oct 23, 2013 11:42 AM

    Hard to blame this injury on amendola. It’s what happens when you play the saints – they will target your head.

  7. geniusry says: Oct 23, 2013 11:46 AM

    I know Amendola is fragile but that was a serious hit he took and I am sure a large majority of players in the league his size would’ve been knocked out cold from it.

  8. jnbnet says: Oct 23, 2013 11:55 AM

    Good to see him at practice. We need all the help we can get. There is too much pressure on Brady to carry the team.

  9. azarkhan says: Oct 23, 2013 11:55 AM

    Bill Belichick, see below-

    “Welker says he had considered returning to New England, the only team other than Denver that was in the mix for his services. But there was chirping between Welker’s camp and the Pats organization, and they offered him a deal for $4 million less over two years, hoping the 32-year-old would take the hometown discount. Throw in a less-than-stellar feelings about the man he’d have to play under, and Welker chose to team up with Manning.” -SB Nation

    $4 million less for the only receiver in NFL history to catch over 100 receptions in 5 seasons? Yeah, the Patriots really wanted Wes back.

  10. lonespeed says: Oct 23, 2013 11:58 AM

    Amendola is great for a half every 2-3 weeks.

    Maybe they should wait until the second-half to play him so he at least has a shot at making the following week.

  11. smarterfootball says: Oct 23, 2013 12:05 PM

    actually the evidence suggests the patriots preferred amendola. They offered Walker a $10 mill deal with $6mill in incentives. The he signed with the broncos for a deal worth $15mill. The Patriots also ended negotiations early with Walker before free agency and signed Amendola before Welker signed with the Broncos.

  12. spoilerfutbol says: Oct 23, 2013 12:25 PM

    Patriots are replacing Welker well with Edelman´s production, the problem in this offense is Aaron Hernandez and his stupid brain, Gronkowski not healty.

    And the Welker´s contract is 2 years 12M, Patriots offered 10M 2 years and 6M more in incentives……


  13. CKL says: Oct 23, 2013 12:33 PM

    Edelman and Amendola have similar skillsets, plus Edelman is a fantastic punt returner. My guess is the Pats felt between the two of them they would be better than paying an older player. So when comparing WW’s stats in a completely different role than he had for the Pats (he’s not the #1 option in Denver) make sure you add Edelman’s andAmendola’s statstogether. Plus they Pats aren’t paying DA for the games he doesn’t play due to injury I don’t believe. The Pats already have the most amount of money in the NFL sitting at home on IR at 20 million.

    Losing to the NYJ and Cincy stinks for sure but I am not sure they’d be any better record wise if they had WW over DA and Edelman.

  14. tedmurph says: Oct 23, 2013 12:47 PM

    And the Welker´s contract is 2 years 12M, Patriots offered 10M 2 years and 6M more in incentives……
    That’s correct, but Welker’s deal in Denver is really two one yr contracts with only 7 mil guaranteed, the most important number. First yr is 4 mil bonus/2 mil salary, 2nd 3/3. The Pats fully guaranteed 10 mil and added 6 mil in incentives. By the time Welker came back to Kraft with Denver’s deal, the Pats had already signed Amendola. They weren’t the only ones in the mix for DA, they didn’t want to end up with neither. Welker is having a great yr, I’m glad. We’ll see what Welker/Amendola look like in 5 yrs, the length of DA’s contract).

  15. azarkhan says: Oct 23, 2013 12:48 PM

    CKL: So when comparing WW’s stats in a completely different role than he had for the Pats (he’s not the #1 option in Denver) make sure you add Edelman’s andAmendola’s statstogether.

    So even though Wes is no longer the #1 receiver, you still want to compare *2* Patriot receivers to him? LOL, but OK-

    EdelDola- 62 recepts, 614 yds, 2 TD’s
    Welker- 44 recepts, 474 yds, 8 TD’s

    I’ll take Welker’s 48 points scored over EdelDola’s 12.

  16. ampats says: Oct 23, 2013 12:57 PM


    as I respect your opinion knowing you are a Pats fan, it has been documented in 2012 when WW was franchised he was offered a 2 year deal worth 16M. He chose to play under the franchise tag. His agents misunderstood the FA market as he was offered 2 yrs 10M + 6 M in incentives. The broncos offered 2 yrs 12M. I personally wish that WW stayed a Patriot and had signed the deal in 2012.

    But as a Patriots fan, as we all have seen BB moves on from a player a year too soon rather than a year later. Amendola has been a disappointment from an injury standpoint but when he healthy he is a much more dynamic playmaker. Stats show Welker’s drops have increased in the past two seasons and while he is a great player that is why the Patriots have reloaded their team on the fly continuing to compete for Championships since 2001.

    Brady is the only active player from the 2007 team.

  17. 6ball says: Oct 23, 2013 12:57 PM


    Re: Welker vs Amendola et al

    There’s can be only one GM. He has access to and knowledge of information unavailable to fans. His track record over time as a GM is above average. I doubt that Belichick would make decisions that he did not believe were in the best long term interests of the team.


  18. tim8450 says: Oct 23, 2013 12:58 PM

    You guys will love Welker right up to the point when he drops the game winning catch in the superbowl, if Denver actually gets to the superbowl.

    Regular season heroes – Manning and Welker

  19. spygatedontexist says: Oct 23, 2013 1:04 PM

    bountygate oveR spygate because the headhunter bush got amendola real good off guard
    BOTH teams #CHEATERS

  20. mistrezzrachael says: Oct 23, 2013 1:05 PM

    Everyone talks about Amendola being …fragile.

    Injury prone, yes absolutely.

    Plays game w/o fear, like he’s Jim Brown..absolutely.


    Amendola needs to play like he’s 180 lbs, and learn when to get down…He ALWAYS sacrifices his body without fear, and needs to realize that the extra yards are not worth missing games.

    Had he gotten down on his run, no concussion. Wasn’t worth extra yard or 2.

    By the way, one of the best @ knowing when to drop down…Wes Welker.

    Amendola is 1 tough SOB.

  21. spygatedontexist says: Oct 23, 2013 1:08 PM

    welker and manning are a match made in heaven they put up starwars # in the reg season choke in post season…amendola got hurt thinking bout thebope we win

  22. wolfmanpatriot says: Oct 23, 2013 2:02 PM

    Bill Belichick says:
    Oct 23, 2013 11:41 AM
    azarkhan, I certainly am not going to dispute Amendola is not Welker (but who is???). The tone of your comment suggests that the Pats chose Amendola over Welker. The fact of the matter is the Pats offered Welker a better deal than what the Broncos offered him.

    First. Let’s not blame BB for Krafts cheapness, as comments have suggested over the years.
    BB is a competitor and would stock the lineup if he could. Kraft is cheap, knows the football genius BB can compete with a food stamp budget.

    In fact, I dont think Kraft wants Tom or BB to get another ring for fear Tom may retire and BB might move on to claim his fame by rebuilding another team. With BB and Tom there, they could go winless for 5 years and still pack the stadium every game.

    But, back to Wes and Danny.
    Smarterfootball and Ampats are correct(ish).
    Danny was signed before talks were complete with Wes. Most likely to psych Wes out.
    After all was done, Kraft tried to make it sound like he offered Wes more. He also, inadvertently let it be known that it was he, and not BB that sets prices and negotiates with players.

    The Fact, (BB poster) is that Krafts offer was for 10 mil+/- with incentives. The biggest incentive was 3 mil if and only if Wes were to be named SB MVP. How insulting. Anyone not named Brady to get that award, IF they even make it to and win the SB, would be a player on D or ST.

    Ps. Wes did receive better offers from other teams, but Denver was the only team sure to be a contender to make him an offer.

    Also, the PATS could have avoided all this had they made him a Hernandez type offer the prior year before player/owner pride got in the way.

    Krafts cheapness cost our Pats 3 championships. 06, 07, and 11.
    Had he paid Branch, instead of going with a riche bug eyed Caldwell budget, the 06 SB was ours. Tom was livid about that maneuver, especially after taking less himself to end up in Krafts pocket instead of keeping Branch.

  23. usa98j30t4 says: Oct 23, 2013 3:01 PM


    Start using the Welker and Deion Branch signature move. GET DOWN!!!!!!!!

  24. jimbobd67 says: Oct 23, 2013 3:03 PM

    The groin injury with Amendola is one thing, but you can’t blame him for getting hurt when he gets drilled in the head. For all the people making the comparisons, through Week 7

    Broncos – 5 – 1
    Patriots – 4 – 2

    Kraft’s cheapness cost the Pats in ’07? Isn’t that the year we went undefeated until the Superbowl? In 11? Isn’t that the year we would’ve won it if Welker makes a catch? I love Kraft, but maybe that’s because I remember the Pats before he bought the team.

  25. ohnoflorio says: Oct 23, 2013 3:22 PM

    He will get hurt again, 110% — as will Michael Vick.

  26. tim8450 says: Oct 23, 2013 4:16 PM

    Everyone gets “hurt again”, it’s football.

  27. harrycanyon says: Oct 23, 2013 5:11 PM

    When he can play , Amendola is a great, but he is not worth it. Paying a guy to ride the bench hurt 75% of the year is a waste. No reason to think he will make it more than a game without something else happening to him. Patriots, cut your loses with this guy, and move on.

  28. suggsbradycrowder says: Oct 25, 2013 7:56 AM

    He trippedovet the white line coming onto
    The practice field. He will be out with an ankle injury this week.

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