Nov 23, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) runs past Buffalo Bills strong safety Duke Williams (27) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
The Denver Broncos and New England Patriots are set to battle in Mile High during the regular season for the first time since 2011, when Tim Tebow was quarterback for the Broncos. However, the Patriots could be traveling to Denver without another key part of their offense.
According to Steve Burton of CBS Boston, there was originally a report that Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola would miss Sunday’s game against the Broncos. But recently that report was countered when sources told Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe that it has not been decided yet.
They informed Howe that Amendola would test his knee before the Patriots travel to Denver on Saturday. So, depending on how his knee does during the final test, we will either see him or not as he won’t travel with the team if his knee is bothering him.
If he does end up missing the game on Sunday, that would put the Patriots in a tough spot. With Julian Edelman out for the game and Aaron Dobson placed on injured reserve this week, it means the Patriots are going to be thin at the wide out position. Other than Brandon LaFell, the other wide outs are players who are mostly backups.
Granted that the Patriots still have Rob Gronkowski, it still limits the weapons that Tom Brady can throw to. This could help the Denver Broncos pass defense. It will be interesting to see how Wade Phillips game plans for this situation.
I would not be surprised if Amendola can play for the Patriots, but the Broncos defense might be paying really close attention to this development. But knowing the Broncos, they believe that it will be a tough test no matter who does or does not take the field.
Either way, this will be a development to keep an eye on for both teams involved. Stay tuned to find out how this news develops going into Sunday’s game.