Danny Amendola may play in Week 4

Sep 8, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) catches a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Patriots beat the Bills 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

For fantasy owners with Danny Amendola on their roster you might want to hold off starting him this week. He is out for the second week in a row after sitting out last week against the New York Jets. In the season opener Amendola completely tore his adductor longus tendon in his groin.

That complete tear though means his recovery time could’ve been shortened.

From Yahoo! Sports:

Doctors often treat chronic groin pain by snipping the adductor longus – one of the muscles in the groin – from the pubic bone. Since Amendola’s tendon ruptured, he essentially did the doctors’ work for them, eliminating the need for surgery during the season. It also means he has a faster recovery time than if he had a groin operation.

Normal recovery time, even without surgery, is anywhere from two to six weeks. League sources said Amendola is healing faster than that, at a pace closer to three to four, which means he might play as soon as next Sunday at Atlanta.

It still seems doubtful that he’d play next week, but with a lack of targets for Tom Brady when he does return we can expect his production to pick up right away. Not to mention that it could coincide with tight end Rob Gronkowski’s return which would help spread out defenses.

Topics: Danny Amendola, New England Patriots

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