Danny Amendola ready to return

Updated: October 27, 2013, 11:32 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPN.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots receiver Danny Amendola, who sustained a concussion Oct. 13 against the New Orleans Saints that knocked him out of the game and kept him on the sidelines the next week as well, said Friday he is "feeling good and ready to go" for Sunday's home game against the Miami Dolphins.

While stopping short of saying he will definitely play -- that's a decision ultimately made by coach Bill Belichick -- Amendola has gone through the NFL's protocol for concussions with tests administered initially by team doctors and later by independent doctors. He has passed them all.

Danny Amendola
AP Photo/Stephan SavoiaDanny Amendola, who suffered a concussion on Oct. 13, says he's ready to return to the lineup.

"I've done pretty much everything they've asked me to do. I'm healthy and I'm ready to play," Amendola said, adding that the tests are both "physical and mental."

"I'm sure it's the same thing if you get [in] a car accident. It's all independent doctors. The NFL does a great job of helping guys out with that sort of thing. It's been a big deal in the past three years; you just have to go through [the process] and listen to what they're telling you."

Amendola has been limited in practices this week, according to the team's official participation report. But he said Friday he feels he's "had a good week" of practice, while revealing that the concussion was the second he's sustained since entering the NFL in 2008.

"I've had one concussion in the NFL prior to this, it was a long time ago, so there is no aftermath of it," he said. "I don't feel any symptoms or anything. I feel really good."

The most recent concussion was a result of a hit by Saints safety Rafael Bush on an end-around late in the third quarter. Amendola had remained down on the ground, as he lay motionless briefly, on a play that he said he's since watched.

"Yeah, I've seen it. It's just one of those things; I'll be fine. It's not going to scare me to play the way I play. I still have a job to do and I'm going to do it," he said, later adding that he remembers everything about the hit.

"I felt fine after the game. I had no symptoms. I felt normal. It's just one of those things, you might feel normal … I don't know, I'm not a doctor, so I just listen to them and go from there.

"…The game is coming and I feel as good as I can. I'm not really worried about the past, just worried about the future and excited and looking forward to Sunday."

Amendola, who will be playing in just his fourth game as a Patriot if he is active Sunday, missed three games earlier this season with a groin injury suffered in Week 1. He was asked about it Friday and said he was ready to go.

After being limited Thursday during practice, quarterback Tom Brady (shoulder) was a full participant Friday and will play vs. the Dolphins.  Cornerback Aqib Talib (hip), who missed last Sunday's game vs. the Jets, is questionable after practicing each day this week.

Information from ESPNBoston.com's Field Yates was used in this report.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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