Sunday, October 6, 2013

New England Patriots vs, Cincinnati Bengals

As in, he'll play for the first time since Week 1, the team announced.

The news would be welcome. Amendola was supposed to replace the production of departed receiver Wes Welker, and in Week 1, Amendola was impressive, catching 10 passes for 104 yards. Some of that came after he suffered the groin injury that has kept him out since.

But with rookie receivers Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson -- both of whom have shown improvement in recent weeks -- also listed as questionable on the injury report, it'd be helpful for New England if Tom Brady actually could throw the ball to somebody on his team.

Amendola “will add a different element to the passing attack, as he worked well with Julian Edelman on a handful of tandem routes against the Bills,” the Boston Herald wrote. “The chemistry in the passing game will be important against a physical Bengals front that can create pressure without blitzing.”

One worry for Amendola: it's raining in Cincinnati, and the turf likely will be slick for the game and for warmups, when Amendola still will have to prove he's ready to play. Not great news for a player trying to recover from a groin injury where one slip could tweak it again.