Danny Amendola’s health continues to be something of a question mark.
The Patriots receiver missed Thursday night’s game against the Jets because of a groin injury, which he aggravated in the Week 1 win in Buffalo.
Sunday, Fox Sports reported that Amendola has a strained groin. But the bigger problem is whether Amendola has a torn muscle in the groin area; Fox Sports said he has gotten conflicting reports and was seeking further opinions Sunday.
Such a tear is difficult to diagnose because it does not cause a visible bulge under the skin, but if Amendola does have one, he would require surgery that would keep him out for about a month.
The play of safety Steve Gregory has been one of the brighter spots for the Patriots this season. After it seemed like there was a competition for the starting safety spot opposite Devin McCourty in training camp, Gregory got the job.
He has responded, and delivered some hard hits against the Bills and Jets. Depending on which source you use, the eight-year veteran has somewhere between 12 (ProFootballFocus.com) and 17 tackles (official NFL gamebooks), plus a pass breakup against the Bills.
Signed as a free agent last year, Gregory said he’s gotten more comfortable both in the Patriots’ system and with McCourty.
“Definitely,” he said. “Obviously this being my second year here, understanding the system a little bit more, understanding the players that I’m playing with even more than I did last year, those things are invaluable, being able to understand each other.
“The more we work with each other, the better those things come.”
As a few of his teammates on the defense have done, Gregory said it feels good for that unit to be able to pick up the offense over the first two games.
“It was good for us [to play well against the Jets], it was something that we take pride in, rallying around one another and just being a team,” Gregory said. “Sometimes the offense is going to pick up the slack, and vice versa, so just to go out and play as a team, do those type of things, is important for us.”
The players had Saturday and Sunday off, and will be back on a “normal” schedule when they return to the building Monday morning to start preparations for the Buccaneers.
Through two games, four defensive players have been on the field for every snap: McCourty, Jerod Mayo, Rob Ninkovich, and Aqib Talib. Chandler Jones has missed just three of the 138 snaps. Adding in his special-teams snaps, McCourty played more snaps than any defensive player in the NFL last year . . . The win over the Jets gave Bill Belichick 207 wins. He took over sole possession of sixth place on the all-time list from Marty Schottenheimer with the victory over the Bills in Week 1, and he is now two from tying Chuck Noll for fifth place. Noll was 209-156-1 with the Steelers. After getting into the top five, it will be a little while for Belichick to move higher: fourth-place Curly Lambeau totaled 229 wins over his career.Shalise Manza Young can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @shalisemyoung.