FOXBOROUGH — Danny Amendola stopped short of saying he’ll be in uniform on Sunday against the Dolphins, or if he’s even been medically cleared to play. But he certainly gave a definitive answer if the decision was left up to him.
“I had a good week, and I’m ready to go,” Amendola said, after the Patriots practiced on Friday. “The game’s coming and I feel as good as I can. Not really worried about the past, just worried about the future, and excited and looking forward to Sunday.”
Amendola suffered a concussion late in the game against the Saints on Oct. 13, and missed last week’s game with the Jets after not practicing. He’s been at every practice this week, although his participation has been limited.
He’ll need to be cleared by doctors before he’s allowed to play again in a game, and wouldn’t directly answer the question when asked if he has been. He admitted to having suffered one previous concussion in the NFL, prior to the existing protocol dealing with head injuries was put in place by the league.
“It’s frustrating, because they’ve got protocol and stuff now with head injuries,” Amendola said. “You might feel good, you might feel ready to go, but the doctors might not let you go. I feel good now, and I’m ready to go.”
Amendola has been limited to just three games this season, his first with the Patriots. He caught 10 passes in the season-opening win over the Bills, but suffered a groin injury that cost him the next three games. He returned against Cincinnati (four catches), then was hurt against New Orleans.
He’s seen the video replay of the hit he took that knocked him out of the Saints game, but said the hit — or the injury that resulted from it — won’t change the way he plays.
“I don’t think about it too much. If it happens, it happens,” Amendola said. “I don’t go looking to run into things and get concussions, but it’s a rough game, that’s why everybody keeps playing and loves to watch it. But I feel good now, and that’s all that matters to me.
“I’ll be fine, it’s not going to scare me to play the way I play. I’ve still got a job to do.”