Danny Amendola was supposed to be part of New England Patriots’ replacement plan after starting wide receiver Julian Edelman was ruled with a left foot injury.
Amendola, the veteran wide receiver, took a pay cut during the offseason just to remain with the defending NFL champions. In his first start of the season, against the Buffalo Bills on Monday, Amendola was faring really well with 9 catches for 117 yards, and targeted a dozen times by Tom Brady. Amendola, who entered Monday’s game with 40 catches for 403 yards and two touchdowns, was forced to leave the game with a knee injury, before the Patriots rallied to a 20-13 victory to improve to a 10-0 record.
Amendola, 30, was seen grimacing with pain after the first half, grabbing his leg and limping off the field multiple times. After being examined by the training staff, the Patriots ruled out any possibility of Amendola returning to the game.
According to Fox Sports, a potential Patriots touchdown was blown dead by an unintended whistle during Monday’s game at Gillette Stadium. The incident occurred when Brady lofted a pass to Amendola. While the ball was still in the air, an official blew it dead. Amendola had nearly 60 yards of open grass ahead of him, and was possibly robbed of third touchdown this season.
With Amendola and Edelman both out with injury, Patriots are rapidly running out of wide receivers.