Though Amendola (knee) was present at the start of Wednesday's walk-through practice, per ESPN's Mike Reiss, the wideout was officially listed as a non-participant. Despite dealing with a sprained knee, Amendola has a chance to play Sunday night against the Broncos, the Boston Herald reports. That said, it wouldn't surprise us if Amendola turns into a game-time decision for the contest, a scenario that could be problematic for his fantasy owners given the Patriots' late kickoff this weekend.
Amendola has been diagnosed with a sprained knee and is considered week-to-week, CSN New England reports. Following an MRI on Tuesday, Amendola's knee injury has been confirmed as a sprain, which is expected to limit his practice reps throughout the week. He'll likely reside in the trainer's room most of the week to receive treatment, with occasional dalliances in drills to determine how his knee responds to activity. If he doesn't make the requisite progress, the potential exists for Amendola to miss a game, but he isn't expected to log extended time on the sideline.
Amendola (knee) will have an MRI on Monday, NFL.com's Albert Breer reports. Amendola took on a larger role in the absence of Julian Edelman (foot), catching nine passes for 117 yards on 12 targets, despite exiting the game late in the third quarter. If Amendola is forced to miss time, the Patriots will really be thin at wide receiver, with Aaron Dobson and Keshawn Martin the most likely beneficiaries.
Amendola was forced out of Monday's game against the Bills in the third quarter with a knee issue. With Julian Edelman sidelined by a foot injury, Amendola was busy Monday prior to his exit, hauling in nine catches on 12 targets for 117 yards. With both Amendola and Aaron Dobson having been hobbled in the contest, the Patriots' top remaining healthy wideout options are Brandon LaFell and Chris Harper.
Amendola's teammate, Julian Edelman, is slated to undergo surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot, ESPN.com reports. While the report suggests that there is hope that Edelman could return this season, he's out indefinitely, which sets the stage for Amendola to see added snaps (and looks) in the Patriots' offense, as he did in Sunday's win over the Giants, catching 10 passes (on 11 targets) for 79 yards in the process. Until Edelman is able to return to the mix, Brandon LaFell and Amendola will slot in as the Patriots' top two wideout options, with both likely to be busy in the coming weeks, considering that the loss of Edelman comes just one week after another key cog in the team's passing attack -- running back Dion Lewis -- was lost for the season.
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