NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that TE Rob Gronkowski is unlikely to miss more than one game and might not even miss one.
With the Patriots already losing Dion Lewis (ACL) for the season, Julian Edelman (foot) for the regular season and Danny Amendola (knee) for an unknown amount of time, Tom Brady couldn't afford to lose Gronk too.
Brady might be able to get along with a patchwork wide receiver group, but he can't survive long without Gronkowski. The tight end has been the lynchpin to the Pats' offense.
Fantasy owners should probably still have a backup plan, just in case, as the Pats could decide to sit him out for safety reasons against the struggling Eagles in Week 13 - a game they should win at home.
Another week, another key offensive weapon is out for the Patriots.
Tom Curran of CSN New England, confirming a report from Steve Burton of WBZ, says that receiver Danny Amendola won’t play on Sunday night in Denver.
If, as expected, Amendola doesn’t travel to Colorado, the Patriots will be (or at least should be) issuing an updated injury report downgrading Amendola from questionable to out.
Amendola injured his knee on Monday night against the Bills. He had become the primary replacement for Julian Edelman, who had broken a bone in his foot the prior Sunday against the Giants. A week before that, the Patriots lost running back Dion Lewis for the year with a torn ACL.
The Patriots also recently put receiver Aaron Dobson on injured reserve, leaving them very thin at the position. Brandon LaFell looks to be Tom Brady's top targets in Week 12, and it could also mean we see more Keshawn Martin, but Martin has been inactive in recent weeks. Chris Harper and Matt Slater are next up on the depth chart.
Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm
Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 12. The return to Thursday and Friday practices is encouraging, but he's not a sure bet to play. It's a tough matchup as well, so owners should look elsewhere if possible. The Patriots play on Sunday night, which complicates matters.
Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm
Patriots WR Keshawn Martin (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 12. He was limited all last week as well before being ruled out on game day. There is definitely opportunity in the New England receiving corps with Julian Edelman out and Danny Amendola potentially sidelined.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 6:15pm
Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Amendola is not expected to miss much time, but he’s iffy for Week 12 against Denver. If he’s out, Keshawn Martin and/or Chris Harper will pick up his snaps.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 6:15pm
Patriots WR Keshawn Martin (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Martin has been limited for some time now. With Danny Amendola potentially on the shelf, there is plenty of playing time available in the New England receiving corps.
After losing key offensive players in back-to-back weeks, the New England Patriots can exhale on Tuesday afternoon.
Danny Amendola's knee injury won't sideline him for an extended period, according to CSNNE's Tom E. Curran.
Curran reports that Amendola suffered a knee sprain. His availability for Sunday night's showdown in Denver will depend on how he responds to treatment and how much his workload increases throughout the week.
Third-year receiver Aaron Dobson left with an ankle injury. According to The Herald's Jeff Howe, Dobson's X-rays came back clean, but the team is awaiting more information from the MRI.
Amendola was the team's go-to receiver Monday night in Julian Edelman's absence. He caught nine passes for 117 yards before exiting in the third quarter with the knee injury. Sounds like he's headed for a game-time call on what is a Sunday night game at Denver. Owners will likely need to have a backup plan in place if counting on Amendola.
Danny Amendola’s injury, which the team announced was to his knee, came late in the third quarter on running back James White's 6-yard touchdown run. He was coming off the left side of the line to block and didn’t make contact with anyone, but came up limping.
“When I saw him, it looked like he was in good spirits,” WR Brandon LaFell said. “I hope it’s nothing major. We’re going to need him soon.”
Amendola came on to return a punt after the Bills’ next drive went three-and-out, but came up hobbling again as he let the ball hit the ground and backed away from it.
He was seated on the bench for the remainder of the game after that, at one point talking with Bill Belichick during a timeout.
Aaron Dobson left in the second quarter with an ankle injury and didn’t return.
Losing Amendola for any stretch of time would be a tough blow for the Patriots, who are already without No. 1 man Edelman (left foot) for the foreseeable future, and running back Dion Lewis. Amendola essentially stepped into Edelman’s role Monday and delivered with nine receptions for 117 yards, and the numbers could have spiked further if not for an unusual inadvertent whistle in the third quarter. He was charted on the field for 45 of 50 offensive snaps (including penalties) before hobbling off. Keshawn Martin became a popular name last week as a possible Edelman recplacement, and with both Amendola and Dobson now banged up, he could be thrust into a bigger role out of necessity. He was inactive for Week 11 and hasn't caught a pass since Week 6, which was the last time he was active.
Monday, November 23, 2015, 1:12pm
Dobson is listed as questionable. No word as to how or when the injury surfaced, but it could further deplete New England’s receiving corps if he’s unable to play. Dobson is the team’s fourth wideout behind Brandon LaFell, Danny Amendola and Keshawn Martin, though Martin is also questionable with a hamstring injury.
Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) missed practice again Friday. He’s going to be out for a while. Brandon LaFell, Danny Amendola and Keshawn Martin are the primary beneficiaries with Edelman out. Tom Brady mentioned Martin first when asked how the team would replace Edelman’s production.
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm
Tom Brady, in his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan, mentioned wide receiver Keshawn Martin as a potential fill-in but not Aaron Dobson. “Keshawn Martin is still obviously a good player for us and is hopefully coming back here soon,” Brady said. “And I’ve got a lot of confidence in Brandon LaFell. (Danny Amendola)’s role has been very different than Julian’s was for us. I just think they’re a little different type of players. And certainly Julian has been incredible for us. Incredible.”
Martin, if healthy, could even overtake Danny Amendola in certain two-receiver sets. Amendola does the majority of his work out of the slot, while Edelman splits his time lining up inside and in the “Z” role, which is out wide and off the line so he can go in motion.
Martin is the Patriots’ most athletic receiver, based on combine testing numbers. He ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash with a 6.85-second 3-cone, 4.13-second short shuttle, 39.5-inch vertical leap and 10-foot, 2-inch broad jump. He fell out of favor with the Texans but appeared to catch on quickly before going down with the injury.
Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said no single receiver can replace what Edelman offered to the Patriots, but they likely will rely on Martin and Amendola most heavily. The trade used to acquire Martin is looking smart with Edelman likely out until the playoffs.
Martin has caught six-of-seven targets for 95 yards and a touchdown, but has been dealing with a hamstring injury for the past few games. He has been practicing on a limited basis but hasn't been active on game day. Owners in deeper leagues may want to consider Martin if Amendola is not available. We still believe Amendola sees a good chunk of Julian Edelman's targets, but Martin may surprise.
No. 4 receiver Aaron Dobson also bumped one spot up the depth chart.
Amendola figures to be a popular pickup this week on waiver wires and for good reason, there's a chance he takes on the Edelman role in the Pats offense going forward. The Pats receivers were difficult to predict outside of Edelman and TE Rob Gronkowski, so we can't assume it's a lock, but odds seem to favor Amendola could benefit the most in terms of fantasy production from the loss of Edelman. Keshawn Martin could also factor in more.
Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:19pm
Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (ankle, thigh, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 9. Hurns is good to go for the Jets. He’ll likely draw Antonio Cromartie in coverage while Allen Robinson deals with Darrelle Revis. Over the last two weeks, WR2s Michael Crabtree and Danny Amendola posted 7-102-1 and 8-86-1, respectively, on the Jets.
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