Danny Amendola Injury: Updates on Patriots Star's Knee, Ankle and Return

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist

New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola takes the field for an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola was recovering after undergoing knee surgery and having bone spurs removed from his ankle this offseason. He has come off the physically unable to perform list and is ready to make his season debut. 

Continue for updates.

Amendola Active vs. Cardinals 

Sunday, Sept. 11

The Patriots announced that Amendola is ready to play against Arizona in Week 1.

Amendola Comments on Week 1 Playing Status

Tuesday, Sept. 6

“I feel good," Amendola said, per Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. "I’ve been preparing a lot. I feel strong, I feel fast, I’m ready to roll.”

Latest on Amendola's Practice Status

Sunday, Sept. 4

Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reported Amendola was taking part in Sunday's practice session with a helmet on.

Amendola Removed from PUP List

Sunday, Sept. 4

Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com shared the update on Amendola's status and passed along head coach Bill Belichick's explanation for removing Amendola from the PUP list.

“We wouldn’t activate a player unless we had the medical department clear him and felt like he would be able to perform at this state,” Belichick said. “Danny works hard like he always does. We feel he’s ready to come off that reserve designation.”

Amendola Comments on Health 

Tuesday, June 28

In an interview on ESPN's NFL Insiders, Amendola spoke about the operations he underwent that caused him to miss minicamps.

"I feel really good. I had a couple minor procedures done after the season," Amendola told Wendi Nix of ESPN (h/t Mike Reiss of ESPN.com). Amendola added, "Everybody knows how long the season can be. I wanted to go into next season feeling as fresh and ready as I can."

Amendola Has Struggled to Stay Healthy During Career

This was a concerning setback for Amendola and the Patriots considering durability has always been an issue for the wide receiver. He played one game in 2011, 11 games in 2012 and 12 games in 2013. Although he was a steady presence on the field the past two years, when he appeared in 30 of a possible 32 regular-season contests.

Amendola turned in 648 receiving yards and three touchdown catches last year in a bounce-back effort from a disappointing 2014 campaign, when he finished with 200 receiving yards and one touchdown reception. 


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