Amendola missed every practice last week as a result of his severe concussion, as well as the Jets game in New York, but was back on the practice field in full pads with the rest of his Patriots teammates this Wednesday. New England, which went 1-for-12 on 3rd-downs against the Jets, could desperately use Amendola’s clutch receiving skills.
While the news was good concerning Amendola and Talib, it remained status quo with two other Patriots who’ve been out of commission since the Bengals game in Week 5. Running back/return specialist
Meanwhile, with a need still on the banged up defensive line, New England added a pair of players, one an old familiar face. Defensive end
The team also added veteran d-tackle
UPDATE… 4:21 p.m.
Carter spoke at length to reporters after practice. He revealed that he’d been doing CrossFit training to stay in football shape the past several weeks, and that his mind was made up: either re-join the Patriots or retire. Luckily for both sides, an opportunity arose to bring Carter back.
“It's great,” he told reporters. “Me and my wife were talking [about how] this place holds a special meaning, not just as far as what I did, but just the camaraderie that I had here in 2011 – the town, the city of Foxborough, the state. It was very memorable and I'm just blessed to be back.
The two sides were reportedly talking about his coming back last season, but he eventually signed with his hometown Oakland Raiders. He commented on how difficult it was to leave New England after that memorable 2011 campaign, which was one pass away from being a Super Bowl-winning one for Carter and the Patriots.
“I think what hurt was that we didn't win it all,” he continued. “At the end of the day, business is business. I still kept in contact with [Jerod] Mayo and [Vince] Wilfork, a lot of my teammates, and told them they would continue to be brothers. As you know, the game moves on. The Patriots are always going to be in my heart no matter what.”