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.
Three injured players have been placed on the inactive list by the Patriots for their season opener Thursday night against Pittsburgh. They are running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring), defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee) and safety Tavon Wilson (quad).
Collins (illness) has been ruled out for Monday night's game against the Bills.
He remained a non-participant in practice Saturday, and his absence Monday will leave the Patriots a little thin at linebacker. Considering it is just an illness, Collins is a good bet to return to action in the near future.
Dobson is dealing with a high ankle sprain, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
We'd expect the Patriots to rule the wideout out for Sunday night's game against the Broncos later this week, and beyond that it's plausible he will miss additional time. With Julian Edelman out, plus Danny Amendola and Keshawn Martin also hobbled, the Patriots' depth at wideout is currently taxed.
Edelman underwent foot surgery Monday on the Jones fracture he suffered Sunday against the Giants, and he could return in 6-to-8 weeks, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network.
Breer notes that the recovery timeframe is a rough one, so while it could theoretically allow Edelman to return during the postseason, it's certainly no guarantee. Danny Amendola is expected to get an increase in offensive snaps with Edelman sidelined, while Brandon LaFell, Aaron Dobson and Rob Gronkowski could all see more targets as well.
Martin (hamstring) is inactive for Monday night's game against the Bills.
With Julian Edelman out with a foot injury, Martin -- who last saw action in Week 6 -- is a candidate to see an expanded role in the Patriots' offense once he's healthy. For now though, the likes of Aaron Dobson and Chris Harper figure to jostle for wideout slotting behind Brandon LaFell and Danny Amendola on Monday.
Taylor (right shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.
Per Rodak, Taylor relayed that he rested his shoulder Wednesday, but plans to resume throwing at Thursday's practice. Assuming that occurs without any setbacks, we'd expect the QB to remain on course to be able to play Sunday against the Chiefs.
Coach Rex Ryan says Williams (knee) has a 50-50 chance to return this season.
Williams is a Pro Bowl player and he's always been worth every bit of those honors, so it'd be a big loss for the defense if he's unable to return this season. Fortunately, the Bills have three other very capable and healthy linemen in Marcell Dareus, Mario Williams, and Jerry Hughes, though it looks like the hope of the foursome being the league's best this season may be fading thanks to Kyle Williams' injury.