Posted September 15, 2013

Danny Amendola to reportedly miss several weeks, may have sports hernia

AFC East, New England Patriots
Danny Amendola was expected to fill the void left by Wes Welker in New England.

Danny Amendola was expected to fill the void left by Wes Welker in New England. (Bill Wippert/AP)

As if Tom Brady and the Patriots were not already concerned with their suspect situation at wide receiver, the return of top option Danny Amendola might be delayed several weeks.

FOX’s Jay Glazer reported Sunday that Amendola suffered torn adductor muscles — those muscles in the groin area that connect the pelvis to the leg — and has “gotten conflicting reports from [doctors] about a possible sports hernia.” Surgery would knock Amendola out of action for “about a month,” according to Glazer, though the injured adductors are likely to sideline him for another couple weeks as it is.

Last season, then Packers receiver Greg Jennings suffered a sports hernia in Week 1, then eventually underwent surgery on Nov. 1 after sitting out several games. He returned to the lineup on Dec. 2 (Week 13), slightly more than a month after his operation.

Minus Amendola (and with Rob Gronkowski still sidelined), the Patriots struggled to an ugly 13-10 win over the Jets on Thursday night. Brady was visibly frustrated throughout that contest, as he struggled to get on the same page with his young receivers. Those receivers also struggled to hang onto the football in the rain, accounting for multiple incompletions.

Julian Edelman led the way for the Patriots in that contest, with 13 catches on a whopping 18 targets. Aaron Dobson caught three balls and accounted for the Patriots’ lone touchdown, though he also was responsible for three drops and appeared to be on the receiving end of at least one Brady tirade. Kenbrell Thompkins (two receptions) and fullback James Develin (one catch) were the only other Patriots to haul in any Brady pass attempts.

The Patriots signed Amendola right as Wes Welker left for Denver, with Amendola expected to replace the longtime slot receiver. He caught 10 balls for 104 yards in New England’s Week 1 win at Buffalo, though he left the game for a brief time after reinjuring his groin while running a pattern. The groin injury first popped up for the oft-injured Amendola during training camp, and he was unable to fully shake it prior to the regular season.

The two options to help him heal now: rest and surgery. The former is a given; will the latter be necessary?

9 comments
harleybart
harleybart

The Patriots could have kept Welker for 5 or 6 million a year but thought they could get it done with their tight ends and cheap wide receivers. How's that plan working for you Belichick? I don't know how they survived against the Bills and the sorry Jets.

geewhiz
geewhiz

This guy is ruining my fantasy team.  ARRRRGGHH

Matthew W
Matthew W

Definitely was the right decision to let Welker leave.....

phoneman
phoneman

When is Bill B. going to be held responsible for getting rid of quality players because the don't lock step to the B.B. beat? It seems that if you have a sense of humor or have a mind of your own, you're gone.

pmccnn
pmccnn

Double B is one hundred percent responsible for the awful state of the Patriots receiving corps. Especially painful because Fragile Danny was supposed to be improvement over Wes Welker. Well genius (Double B) hard to be a freakin improvement on the sidelines! Also, genius boy has 10 million dollars to spend,  only, who can you sign now? Too smart by half this year Bill.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Kinda hard to have a "sports hernia" when you DON'T play !!!!  More like "baby" hernia.  RG3 is not as fragile as this fool.

Stewart.BuryJones
Stewart.BuryJones

@harleybart the Broncos signed Welker for 16 million over two years, which is 8 million a year. The Patriots offered 14 million with more guaranteed, and he took the higher upside.  You could argue that they could have offered more, but it's substantially more than 5 million.

eddie767
eddie767

@WHO*IS*ESPN Why/how are you comparing RG3 to Amendolo? RG3 was hurt,on football play,DA gets hurt just by being himself. It's your opinion,i was just trying to understand. The real question is, why did the Patriot want DA over Welker. They got same money,only Welker has to play for his.