BOSTON (CBS) – It might be a while before wide receiver Danny Amendola returns to the New England Patriots.

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Amendola is expected to miss from two to six weeks with the groin injury that plagued him during Sunday’s season opener in Buffalo.

Amendola suffered the injury in the second quarter on Sunday, and sat out the rest of the half. He received a shot at halftime and returned to play a major role in the Patriots’ comeback win, finishing the day with 10 receptions for 104 yards on 14 targets.

The difference between two and six weeks is huge for the Patriots, who are currently relying on Julian Edelman as their veteran receiver for quarterback Tom Brady.

Rapoport did Tweet that injured tight end Rob Gronkowski could return in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and if not will be back by Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons. That will certainly help the Patriots passing attack without Amendola, though it doesn’t look like Brady’s targets will be at full strength for some time.

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