Danny Amendola is making a mistake. That’s the only simple way to put it. According to CBSSports.com via the Boston Herald on Tuesday September 17, Amendola is set to forgo sports hernia surgery, and he is opting to sit out for at least three weeks. This is a risky move and it will probably not pay off in the end. The truth is that New England needs Danny Amendola on the field, but they need him healthy in November not September.
There’s no doubt that Danny Amendola is the teams best receiver at this point, but if he doesn’t get healthy enough to play, a lot of time will have been wasted. The sports hernia surgery would likely keep him out for a total of seven weeks. However, Amendola would have plenty of time to recover to make the playoff push.
In similar fashion to Rob Gronkowski, both players are on the best team in the AFC East, and they may be attempting to come back too soon. According to Examiner.com, Rob Gronkowski is 50-50 on playing this Sunday against Tampa Bay.
The problem is that it’s so enticing to see Danny Amendola on the field. In his first game with the Patriots, he caught 10 passes for 104 yards. With the current crop of Patriot receivers, it’s tough to duplicate that type of production.
Still, the best thing for the Patriots, is to have the young receivers develop throughout the season. We know that's what Tom Brady is waiting for.