The Patriots are relatively weapon-less on Thursday night against the Jets (watch Pete Prisco and I preview the game live on CBSSports.com at 7:30!) what with Danny Amendola "almost certain" to miss the game with a groin injury.
And it could be bad for a while: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Thursday that Amendola could miss between two and six weeks.
Lot of goodies from @RapSheet just now. Pats hope Gronk back by Week 3. He will be back Week 4. Amendola out 2-6 weeks.— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) September 12, 2013
There's obviously good news here though: Gronkowski coming back in Week 4 would immediately give the Patriots a boost to their offense.
But losing Amendola is still devastating news for the Patriots early-season setup. Amendola's the one wideout who really developed a rapport with Tom Brady. He's the new Wes Welker but replacing Welker would be impossible if Amendola's not on the field.
Or was anyway. For the next few weeks Brady will have to deal without him. Fortunately for the Patriots, Tom Brady's done plenty of good with lesser receivers before.
That offense could struggle, though, especially if Gronk doesn't return quickly. We'll get to see just much first thing on Thursday night.