As if Tom Brady and the Patriots were not already concerned with their suspect situation at wide receiver, the return of top option Danny Amendola might be delayed several weeks.
FOX's Jay Glazer reported Sunday that Amendola suffered torn adductor muscles -- those muscles in the groin area that connect the pelvis to the leg -- and has "gotten conflicting reports from [doctors] about a possible sports hernia." Surgery would knock Amendola out of action for "about a month," according to Glazer, though the injured adductors are likely to sideline him for another couple weeks as it is.
Last season, then Packers receiver Greg Jennings suffered a sports hernia in Week 1, then eventually underwent surgery on Nov. 1 after sitting out several games. He returned to the lineup on Dec. 2 (Week 13), slightly more than a month after his operation.
Minus Amendola (and with Rob Gronkowski still sidelined), the Patriots struggled to an ugly 13-10 win over the Jets on Thursday night. Brady was visibly frustrated throughout that contest, as he struggled to get on the same page with his young receivers. Those receivers also struggled to hang onto the football in the rain, accounting for multiple incompletions.
Julian Edelman led the way for the Patriots in that contest, with 13 catches on a whopping 18 targets. Aaron Dobson caught three balls and accounted for the Patriots' lone touchdown, though he also was responsible for three drops and appeared to be on the receiving end of at least one Brady tirade. Kenbrell Thompkins (two receptions) and fullback James Develin (one catch) were the only other Patriots to haul in any Brady pass attempts.
The Patriots signed Amendola right as Wes Welker left for Denver, with Amendola expected to replace the longtime slot receiver. He caught 10 balls for 104 yards in New England's Week 1 win at Buffalo, though he left the game for a brief time after reinjuring his groin while running a pattern. The groin injury first popped up for the oft-injured Amendola during training camp, and he was unable to fully shake it prior to the regular season.
The two options to help him heal now: rest and surgery. The former is a given; will the latter be necessary?