New England gets good news ahead of a crucial NFL clash.
New England Patriots receiver Danny Amendola is all but assured of taking his place in the starting side to take on the Miami Dolphins in week eight action.
Amendola has been on the sidelines since he received a concussion on October 13 when he was hit in a tackle during his game against the New Orleans Saints.
While Amendola cannot say for sure he will play, with the final decision coming from coach Bill Belichick, the number 80 jersey should be out on Gillette Stadium.
Amendola has gone through the NFL’s protocol for concussions with tests administered initially by team doctors and later by independent doctors. He has passed them all.
“I’ve done pretty much everything they’ve asked me to do. I’m healthy and I’m ready to play,” Amendola said, adding that the tests are both “physical and mental.”
“I’m sure it’s the same thing if you get [in] a car accident. It’s all independent doctors. The NFL does a great job of helping guys out with that sort of thing. It’s been a big deal in the past three years; you just have to go through [the process] and listen to what they’re telling you.”
Amendola has been limited in practices this week, according to the team’s official participation report. But he said Friday he feels he’s “had a good week” of practice, while revealing that the concussion was the second he’s sustained since entering the NFL in 2008.