Danny Amendola Injury Updates

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Lions QB Matt Stafford (back) is "hoping" to play against the Bears today, although some are trying to convince him to sit out. Stafford is reportedly a true game-time decision. We didn't hear any concern about his status throughout the week, but he's clearly dealing with a legitimate injury here. We'll get his official status around 11:30 am ET, but even a healthy Stafford was a shaky fantasy play in Chicago. QB Jeff Driskel will start if Stafford is out and would obviously be a big downgrade for the passing game.

NFL Network reports that the Dolphins are expected to sign WR Danny Amendola on Wednesday. The soon-to-be-former Patriot would settle in as the 4th WR, with DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills returning and Albert Wilson reportedly set to sign for $24 million over 3 years. It's tough to see a worthwhile fantasy football profile for Amendola in the near future, barring injury to at least 1 of those guys.

The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe hears that Patriots WR Danny Amendola is dealing with a hyperextended knee. It's considered a relatively minor injury that Amendola could play through. But Howe adds that it "wouldn’t be a shock if the Patriots decided to dial back his workload with the bye week on the horizon." We'll monitor Amendola's status over the next few days, but he's now a risky Week 8 fantasy option.

Patriots WR Danny Amendola remained sidelined on Thursday. On top of the concussion he sustained in the opener, he's also on the injury report with a knee. Amendola looks unlikely to play against the Saints this weekend.

Patriots WR Danny Amendola (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday. The head injury he suffered in last Thursday night's opener was the 3rd of his NFL career. Consider Amendola no better than 50/50 to be cleared in time for this weekend's game against the Saints. His absence would leave Phillip Dorsett as New England's #3 WR.

Patriots WR Danny Amendola was knocked out of Thursday night's opener with a concussion. He was having a big one before the head injury, hauling in 6 of 7 targets for 100 yards. This is the 3rd known concussion for Amendola. We'll track his status through the protocol.

The Patriots have placed WR Malcolm Mitchell on IR with a knee injury. We don't have any other details, but it's certainly worth noting that Mitchell tore an ACL in 2013 and required another surgery on the same knee in 2014. We'll see if New England tabs him their "designated-to-return" player, but there's no reason to roster Mitchell in redraft leagues right now. Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola are locked in as New England's top 3 WRs.

The Patriots "suspect" WR Julian Edelman suffered a torn ACL in Friday night's preseason game against the Lions, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "But do not definitely know," Schefter adds. "MRI on Sunday to determine full extent of injury." These "he-probably-tore-his-ACL" reports usually turn out to be torn ACLs. If that's the case, Edelman will miss the entire 2017 season. That'd open up a boatload of targets in 1 of the top passing games in the NFL. WR Chris Hogan would stand as the most likely beneficiary. WR Danny Amendola would also see a big boost in snaps. And WR Brandin Cooks, TE Rob Gronkowski and RB James White would pick up some extra targets.

Patriots WR Danny Amendola (ankle) put in a full practice on Wednesday, putting him on track to return for this weekend's game against the Texans. He's been out since Week 13. Amendola will join a crowded WR group that also includes Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Michael Floyd and potentially Malcolm Mitchell, who was limited on Wednesday with his knee injury.

Patriots WR Danny Amendola suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's win over the Rams. He left the stadium on crutches and in a walking boot. We'll see how much we learn about the injury over the next few days. The only fantasy impact of an Amendola absence would be more snaps and targets for WRs Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan.

Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. The fact that WR Julian Edelman has already been ruled out will make Amendola worth waiting for in PPR leagues, especially with the 1 p.m. ET kickoff. He will carry some re-injury risk but did put in limited practices all week. We'll keep any eye on his status through the weekend.

Updating a previous item: The Patriots have officially ruled WR Danny Amendola (knee) out for Sunday night's game against the Broncos. He didn't even travel with the team. WR Keshawn Martin did travel despite his own "questionable" tag for a hamstring injury. We'll see if he plays. Otherwise, Brandon LaFell and Chris Harper are New England's only healthy wideouts. On the other side of the ball, the Pats also ruled out LB Jamie Collins after he didn't travel. He had been listed as doubtful.

Patriots insider Tom Curran hears that WR Danny Amendola has a knee sprain but is "not expected to miss an extended period of time."  His status for Sunday night's game against the Broncos will depend on how he responds to treatment and whether he's able to get on the practice field.  For now, consider Amendola 50/50 for Week 12. 

Patriots WR Danny Amendola injured his knee in the 3rd quarter of Monday night's game against the Bills.  He spent the rest of the night on the sidelines.  “When I saw him, it looked like he was in good spirits,” LaFell said after the win. “I hope it’s nothing major. We’re going to need him soon.”  We'll look for updates on Amendola's status.  He racked up 9 catches on 12 targets for 117 yards before exiting.  New England also lost WR Aaron Dobson to an ankle injury.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman suffered a Jones fracture in Sunday's win over the Giants, according to insider Mike Garafolo.  It's the same exact injury that cost Cowboys WR Dez Bryant 6 weeks earlier this season.  Six weeks would sideline Edelman until Week 17.  New England is likely targeting a return in the postseason (a 1st-round bye would give him 8 weeks to heal up).  Edelman currently leads the Patriots with 61 catches and sits 2nd in receiving yards and TDs.  It's another big blow to an offense that lost RB Dion Lewis and is banged-up on the offensive line.  WR Danny Amendola figures to see the biggest spike in targets with Edelman out.  He looks like at least a weekly WR3 the rest of the way.  WR Brandon LaFell and TE Rob Gronkowski will also likely see more action.  We'll see if WR Aaron Dobson, TE Scott Chandler, RB James White and/or RB Brandon Bolden can emerge as fantasy assets.

Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (foot) has been placed on the PUP list to open the season.  That knocks him out for at least the first 6 games.  New England still hasn't provided any details on LaFell's injury, but he's been sidelined the entire offseason.  He's not a lock to make an impact at any point this season and isn't worth rostering outside of deep leagues.  The Patriots will begin the season with Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson and Chris Harper behind Julian Edelman, who is still dealing with a leg injury.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman did not practice on Wednesday and is listed on the injury report with a concussion.  It's the 1st we've heard of the head injury (not surprising considering this is New England) and leaves him iffy for this weekend's game against the Jets.  If Edelman isn't cleared in time, Danny Amendola figures to soak up most of his snaps.  The Pats could also increase TE Tim Wright's usage.

Injuries were Patriots WR Danny Amendola's biggest problem in 2013.  But he also had trouble settling into the offense.  OC Josh McDaniels doesn't expect that to be a problem this season.  “He wasn’t here before, and he had an opportunity to get a foundation and a system last year," McDaniels said. "And now it’s his second year, and it will be exciting to see Danny’s growth. Any time you’re in your second year in a system, you’re more comfortable. We’re excited to see what he does.”  It's tough to bank on a big bounce-back season from Amendola.  Durability remains a huge issue, and he'll be fighting for targets with Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Aaron Dobson, Brandon LaFell and Shane Vereen.  But unlike last year, it won't cost you much to draft Amendola this summer.  His 12-team ADP currently sits in the 11th round.  He's not a bad gamble at that point.

Bleacher Report's Dan Pompei reports that Patriots WR Danny Amendola "has been floated in trade talks."  New England signed the former Ram to a 5-year, $28.5 million contract just last offseason, but Amendola struggled through an injury-riddled season.  He caught just 54 passes for 633 yards, letting down fantasy football owners everywhere.  A healthy Amendola can still present plenty of PPR value.  We'll see if the Pats actually move him.

 
 
 

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