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Sunday, October 6, 2013
WR Danny Amendola active for Patriots

By Field Yates

CINCINNATI -- Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola is active for the team's Week 5 game against the Bengals and will play, marking his first action since a Week 1 groin injury that cost him the past three games.

Amendola, who has practiced on a limited basis since initially suffering the injury, was listed as questionable leading up to today's game, but will give it a go.

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Signed as a free agent this offseason, Amendola immediately emerged as the team's top receiver throughout the preseason and finished with 10 catches for 104 yards in his regular-season debut with the team.

During his absence, veteran wideout Julian Edelman emerged as the team's top replacement, as he is currently tied for the NFL lead in catches with 34 while working out of the slot for the Patriots.

While Amendola will return today, the Patriots will once again be without tight end Rob Gronkowski, who did not travel with the team to Cincinnati as he continues to recover from both back and forearm injuries.

The Patriots released rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld on Thursday, leaving them with just two healthy tight ends entering Sunday's game: Michael Hoomanawanui and Matthew Mulligan.

One advantage the Patriots' passing game will have on Sunday is going against a beat-up Bengals secondary, as standout cornerback Leon Hall (hamstring) was declared inactive, as were cornerbacks Brandon Ghee and Dre Kirkpatrick.

Starting running back Stevan Ridley (knee) will also sit out the game after missing practice all week. The team could turn to veteran LeGarrette Blount in his absence, with Leon Washington and Brandon Bolden also available for backfield duties.

The Patriots also declared safety Tavon Wilson, wide receiver Austin Collie, wide receiver Matthew Slater, guard Chris Barker and linebacker Steve Beauharnais as inactive for Sunday's game.