BOSTON (CBS) – New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola practiced for the third-straight day on Friday, and says he is ready to go for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.
Amendola missed last Sunday’s loss to the Jets after suffering a concussion two weeks ago against the New Orleans Saints, but said he had a very good week at practice (he was limited Wednesday and Thursday), and was one of the players “flying around” on the field on Friday.
“Feeling good and ready to go,” he said from the Patriots locker room on Friday. “I feel as good as I can. Not really worried about the past, just the future. I’m excited and looking forward to Sunday.”
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Amendola said he has gone through all the steps the NFL has in place for players who suffer a head injury, passing tests done by the Patriots’ team doctors and then again by independent doctors. But the final decision will be up to Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick on Sunday morning.
This is the second concussion Amendola has suffered in his five-year career, but says the two are not related.
“I’ve had one concussion in the NFL prior to this. It was a long time ago, so there is no aftermath of it,” he said. “I don’t feel any symptoms or anything. I feel really good.”
It’s been a frustrating start to his Patriots’ career for Amendola, who signed a five-year deal in the offseason. He has played in just three games so far, missing three weeks after suffering a groin injury in Week 1 against the Bills. He returned in Week 5 in a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, but was back on the sidelines a week later after taking a big hit from Saints’ safety Rafael Bush.
In the three games he’s played, Amendola has 16 receptions for 159 yards.
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