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Friday, October 4, 2013
Amendola: 'Looking forward to Sunday'

By Field Yates

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- As has been the case since he first suffered a groin injury on Sept. 8, New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola was on the practice field Friday. When spotted both on the field and in the locker room, he has looked to be improved since the days following the injury, during which he was limited by a limp.

On Friday, he met with reporters following the team's final practice before taking on the Bengals.

"Had a good day today," he said. "Had a good practice, ran around, made some plays and looking forward to Sunday, so we'll see."

As to whether that meant he was going to play on Sunday, Amendola replied, "Had a good day today, so we'll see what tomorrow's like and go from there."

Missing the past three games has helped Amendola get closer to 100 percent, but the receiver admitted it hasn't always been easy to take in the action from the sidelines.

"You miss it," Amendola said. "You see your guys out there running around and making plays, and there's not really any positives from not being out with your team."

He noted that as difficult as it's been to sit out, patience is key in his recovery.

"You've got to stay patient, stay optimistic and stay positive, give your body time to get back on the field and make sure you're 100 percent for the team," he said.

Amendola isn't the only Patriots receiver working through an injury situation right now, as rookies Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins have been limited this week after suffering dings last Sunday night in Atlanta.

Thompkins, a starter at perimeter receiver, said of his shoulder injury on Friday, "I'm fine."

Should Amendola or any of the other receivers be forced to sit on Sunday, the Patriots added reinforcements in the form of veteran wideout Austin Collie, signed by the team on Thursday.