FOXBOROUGH — Bill Belichick likes using the preseason to practice every esoteric situation he can dream up, so that nothing catches his team by surprise in the regular season.
Thursday against the Lions, his team might have a new scenario to practice: what it will be like to play without No. 1 receiver Danny Amendola.
Amendola, who is expected to replace Wes Welker, once again was absent Tuesday, the second day in a row he has missed practice because of an undisclosed injury. Although the injury is not considered serious, Amendola has been banged up throughout his four-year NFL career.
Belichick said only that Amendola is “day to day,” though it appears unlikely he will suit up against Detroit after not practicing all week. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.