| Amendola ready to return -- Fri Oct 25 1:55 pm --|
Limited in practice this week
|New England Patriots receiver Danny Amendola, who sustained a concussion Oct. 13 against the New Orleans Saints that knocked him out of the game and kept him on the sidelines the next week as well, said Friday that he is "feeling good and ready to go" for Sunday's home game against the Miami Dolphins. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Amendola was limited in practice this week but is expected to play. He claims to be symptom free. His presence on the field will negatively effect Julian Edelman's production.
| Amendola sits again -- Thu Oct 17 11:30 am --|
Pats receiver out Wednesday and Thursday
|Cornerback Aqib Talib (hip) and wide receiver Danny Amendola (concussion) once again were not spotted at the start of practice on Thursday, the second consecutive day that they have been absent for the media availability portion of the on-field work. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Amendola suffered a concussion last week and appeared to be knocked out as lay motionless on the field. It would be a shock if he plays this weekend. Expect Kenbrell Thompkins, Julian Edelman and Aaron Dobson to be Brady's main targets on Sunday.
| Amendola "good to go" -- Sun Oct 6 8:45 am --|
Patriots wide receiver expected to play
|Clarity on Patriots WR Danny Amendola: Source tells me he's "good to go." (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Amendola in the lineup likely means less targets for Julian Edelman. Edelman becomes the third option in the passing game behind Amendola and Kenbrell Thompkins.
| Amendola will avoid surgery -- Tue Sep 17 5:00 pm --|
Won't need surgery for a groin injury
|Patriots receiver Danny Amendola is responding well to treatment and won't need surgery for a groin injury, according to a league source. Amendola is expected to miss anywhere from two to six weeks, with the source putting his return on the shorter end of that scale. (Boston Herald)|
FF Today's Take: It's about the best possible scenario for the injury-prone Amendola. The Patriots will keep his exact return date a mystery. Julian Edelman is currently the wide receiver to own in the Patriots offense.
| Amendola injury still a mystery -- Mon Sep 16 4:00 pm --|
Likely dealing w/ sports hernia or thigh injury
|WR Danny Amendola has torn adductor muscles in his hip, according to a report by Fox Sports. Amendola's timetable to return remains fluid, according to the report. Furthermore, Amendola has received conflicting news from doctors on whether he has a sports hernia, according to the report, which stated he would miss about one month if hernia surgery is required. If surgery is not required, it is possible that Amendola could return in less than a month.
Amendola played through the injury in the second half of the opener, but missed Thursday's win over the New York Jets. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Adductor muscles are located in the upper thigh area, attaching from the pelvis to the thigh bone. They pull the legs together when they contract and help stabilize the hip joint. Amendola initially injured his groin in a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug. 16. ESPN Boston's Field Yates has tweeted Rob Gronkowski "seems to be steadily improving" and is "closer to a return" than Amendola. Julian Edelman should continue to be a PPR dynamo in Amendola's absence.
| Amendola possibly out 2-6 weeks -- Thu Sep 12 6:20 pm --|
|The Patriots' medical staff is still trying to figure out what is going on with Danny Amendola's groin, according to Rapoport, who adds that the receiver could be sidelined anywhere from two to six weeks. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: It's an odd report from NFL.com and filled with uncertainty but it does indicate that a multiple-week absence by the Patriots wideout is likely. Amendola has been injury-prone throughout his career and this year appears to be no different. Julian Edelman should have continued fantasy value for the foreseeable future.
| Amendola, Gronk doubtful for Thursday -- Wed Sep 11 3:45 pm --|
Pats digging deep into the depth chart
|Every indication this week has been that the Patriots were going to be without both wide receiver Danny Amendola and tight end Rob Gronkowski, and nothing in the final injury report suggests otherwise. Both players were listed as doubtful for Thursday’s game with the Jets. (ProFootballTalk)|
FF Today's Take: This is the reason why some fantasy owners shied away from Amendola at the draft. His durability has always been a huge question mark. Julian Edelman is going to be a prime target for Brady this week.
| Shane Vereen out "a few weeks" -- Mon Sep 9 1:30 pm --|
|According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, Shane Vereen broke a small bone in his wrist early in the game and requires surgery that will keep him out for multiple weeks. Glazer also tweeted that Vereen experienced numbness after the game because the affected bone sits on a nerve. (Boston Globe)|
FF Today's Take: Vereen got more opportunities on Sunday thanks to Ridley's fumbling problems but it appears Ridley will get a second chance. Vereen's injury will further cement Julian Edelman's role in the offense over the next couple weeks.
|TE Zach Sudfeld a no-show -- Sun Sep 8 8:00 pm --|
One target and zero catches
|Over the spring and summer, a lot of attention was paid to all the new guys, including Thompkins, Boyce, Zach Sudfeld, and Aaron Dobson. Those new guys tallied four receptions Sunday, all of which went to Thompkins. The usually cheerful and modest Sudfeld appeared grim postgame, as did Thompkins. (Boston Globe)|
FF Today's Take: It was Julian Edelman that picked up the receiving slack hauling in 7 catches and two touchdowns. Sudfeld finished with zero catches and one target. The Pats could switch their gameplan next week to involve the tight ends next week but the damage to Sudfeld's fantasy value has been done. He'll be a risky play in Week 2.