Inactive analysis: Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson active for Sunday’s game
|10.06.13 at 11:38 am ET|
CINCINNATI — Danny Amendola will finally make his return for the Patriots on Sunday as he has been cleared to play and is active for the game against the Bengals. Amendola has missed the last three games with a groin injury suffered in the season opener in Buffalo.
The following players were ruled out by the Patriots for Sunday’s game against the Bengals: special teamer Matthew Slater, running back Stevan Ridley, wide receiver Austin Collie, tight end Rob Gronkowski, offensive lineman Chris Barker, linebacker Steve Beauharnais and safety Tavon Wilson.
No surprises with the four who were downgraded to out before Sunday morning: Gronkowski, Ridley, Wilson and Slater. With Gronkowski being out, this Michael Hoomanawanui, Matt Mulligan and fullback James Develin should get extensive work at that tight end/fullback spot, as they have done for most of the year to this point. And with no Ridley, expect more on the plate of LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden. (Bolden will likely see more snaps on special teams in Slater’s spot.) Leon Washington could also see significant snaps, especially on third down.
Barker and Beauharnais are two healthy scratches, victims of a numbers game. And Collie, who was just signed this week, likely needs more time in the system before he’s game ready.
There are three intriguing names who weren’t part of the injury list: Aaron Dobson, Danny Amendola and Leon Washington, all of whom have been dogged by injury, are active for the game. Look for Dobson and Amendola to work extensively in the passing game, and Washington to offer some depth at running back and returner.
For Cincinnati, they are without two key starters on defense as pass rushing specialist and defensive end Michael Johnson (concussion) and cornerback Leon Hall (hamstring) are inactive. Wallace Gilberry takes Johnson’s spot while Adam “Pacman” Jones is likely to take the spot of Hall. The Bengals could also feature more of defensive end Margus Hunt, the rookie out of SMU and one of the stars of “Hard Knocks” this summer.
Mike Petraglia contributed to this report from Cincinnati.