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Danny Amendola returns, catches 4 passes in Patriots’ loss

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo pounces on the loose ball after teammate Devin McCourty forced Bengals running back Giovani Bernard to fumble.
Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo pounces on the loose ball after teammate Devin McCourty forced Bengals running back Giovani Bernard to fumble.matthew j. lee/globe staff

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From the second he came sprinting onto Paul Brown Stadium two hours before Sunday’s kickoff, Danny Amendola had the look of someone who was physically ready to play.

Amendola had missed the Patriots’ three previous games after suffering a groin injury in the season-opening win at Buffalo. But the veteran receiver had consistently practiced, and said Friday that he was looking forward to Sunday, prompting speculation that he’d be active.

He was, and was targeted a team-high nine times by Tom Brady. Amendola caught four of those nine passes for 55 yards. It came in a losing effort – the Bengals held the Patriots without a touchdown in a 13-6 win – but Amendola showed no signs of the injury that caused him to miss three games.

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