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Danny Amendola performed well last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and many fans are hoping to see that same sort of production from him when the New England Patriots face the Detroit Lions on Thursday. However, Amendola’s status is “up in the air” for Thursday’s contest, and he missed practice on Monday with an undisclosed injury.
He caught six passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in New England’s 25-21 victory over Tampa Bay last week, and appeared to be very much in sync with quarterback Tom Brady. He only played in the first quarter, but what he did in a short amount of time on the field was very impressive.
As far as the injury goes, it is not expected to be a long-term one, and it was not a head injury.
Injuries and Amendola have seemed to go hand-in-hand throughout his career. Most recently, the former St. Louis Ram dislocated his clavicle in October 2012 during a game against the Arizona Cardinals while diving to receive a 22-yard pass from Sam Bradford. The injury could have threatened Amendola’s trachea and aorta, but due to the quick-thinking on the part of the Rams’ medical staff, they were able to put him to sleep and popped the clavicle back into place, making sure that it would not dislodge again.
With that in mind, it appears that this injury is a minor one in comparison. That is good news for New England as they are counting on him to replace the production lost by the departure of Wes Welker. He may not have the same sort of flashy numbers that Welker does, but he has determination and a lot of heart, which may amount to more in the end.