Danny Amendola could miss significant time with torn Adductor, possible sport hernia
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the extent of his injury, Amendola’s return timetable has also been up in the air.
So, Amendola is sending his tests results to other doctors to get another opinion on the possible sports hernia. If he has just the torn adductor muscles, Amendola can still play through the injury, although he’ll likely never be fully healthy for the Patriots this season, according to NFL.com’s Rapoport. But if it a sports hernia, Amedola will require surgery, which will keep him out for another 4-6 weeks.
Amendola appeared to suffer, or at least aggravate, the injury or injuries late in the second quarter of the Patriots’ Week 1 win over the Buffalo Bills. He finished with 10 receptions for 104 yards, including several key receptions on the game-winning drive last week at Buffalo. But according to reports, the groin injury has been a recurring issue for Amendola after he initially got hurt in the preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug. 16. Subsequently, Amendola also sat out the Patriots’ final two preseason game while aiming looking at a preliminary return timetable for the Patriots’ season opener against the Bills.
The fifth-year veteran Amendola’s absence has been noticeable for the Patriots, who brought him in to replace Wes Welker after he bolted off to Denver this offseason. Patriots’ quarter back Tom Brady seemed visibly frustrated without his primary target from last game, when the team faced off against the New York Jets on Thursday. The Patriots were forced to take the field with Julian Edleman and rookies Aaron Dobson as well as Kenbrell Thompkins, who had spotty performances to kick off the season. The Patriots’ young receiving corps showed shaky hands and dropped numerous passes. Julian Edelman came across as the Patriots’ leading receiver – with 13 receptions – as the Jets snuck up for a 13-10 win against their division rival.
Rob Gronkowski is projected to return for Week 3, but so far the lack of reliable receiving threats is stunting a normally effective Patriots’ offense.
Additionally, the injury doesn’t exactly help Amendola’s reputation as a player who is soft and injury prone, following the history of injuries throughout his career.