Danny Amendola & Dont’a Hightower Miss Practice

Taylor McCloud — Pats Militia

It’s nearly been a week since Dont’a Hightower and Danny Amendola were injured against Kansas City, but both players are still dealing with the impact.

Unfortunately, this is not surprising in the least. Hightower and Amendola have spent significant time on the injury report in the past, and I didn’t really expect this year to be any different.

My expectations, however, don’t change the fact that this is bad news for the Pats.

Dont’a Hightower is the best defender on the Patriots. That alone makes this injury a big deal. Add in the fact that the Patriots defense was a sieve last Thursday, and this injury is a huge deal. The Patriots are already thin at defensive end, where Hightower was playing on Thursday, and they’re thin at linebacker too.

Although, it’s not set in stone that he will miss any actual game time.

Hightower has suffered a multitude of knee injuries in the past. In fact, I’d wager that his knees are in a constant state of injured. That being said, missing practice is nothing new for Hightower. He missed multiple stretches last year, and multiple stretches and the years prior. Sitting out has worked for him in the past, so there’s hope it’ll work for him again this year. Because with an opponent like New Orleans on the horizon, losing a player like Hightower is the exact opposite of what the Patriots need.

Losing Danny Amendola because of a concussion is also something the Patriots don’t need.

Heading into Thursday’s game, the Patriots had four receivers on their active roster. If Amendola can’t go on Sunday, they’ll be down to three. And according to Jeff Howe, the outlook on Amendola is bleak.

In the words of Howe, Amendola’s absence from today’s practice “is a concern because it indicates he is still in the early stages of the concussion protocol.” In the words of me, “fuck.”

Danny Amendola is the closest thing the Patriots have to Julian Edelman and if you took anything from Thursday’s beatdown, it should have been that this team missed Edelman more than anything. Brandin Cooks and Rob Gronkowski faced blanket coverage for most of the night and that’s where Edelman would have thrived. He would have carved the underbelly of the Chiefs defense all night long, and for a while, that’s what Amendola was able to do.

Before his injury, Amendola caught seven balls for 100 yards. He was playing an Edelman-like role, and it was working. The Patriots were winning and their offense wasn’t completely stagnant. After his injury, the offense fell into quicksand. Tom Brady relegated to gunning the ball downfield into double and triple coverage. It was a complete shitshow, and if Amendola is out for an extended period of time, it could continue to be a shitshow, but that’s a topic for another blog. Right now, the most important thing is that these guys get healthy so they can get back on the field and contribute in turning this thing around.

Go Pats.

 

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