New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola has passed away after his groin strain worsened, the team confirmed today. The oft-injured Amendola was originally listed as “doubtful” for New England’s Thursday night game against the Jets, but his condition deteriorated over night and he died this morning surrounded by friends, family and teammates.
“Although Danny was only on the team a short time and, in fact, played only one game due to his fragile body, we enjoyed having him,” said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. “We wish he could have stayed longer. I know Tom Brady feels that way the most.”
Patriots team trainer David Markel said he was shocked and saddened by Amendola’s passing.
“I had heard how fragile he was when we got him from the Rams,” said Markel. “But I just assumed he had had some bad luck and with the right weight training and flexibility program that he’d be fine. Then he gets a groin strain. Fine. Common football injury. But then his body just started shutting down. The poor little guy had a lot of fight in him, but the good Lord just didn’t bless him with a body to match his heart.”
Belichick informed the Patriots of Amendola’s passing at a team meeting this morning.
“It’s bad news, but our season must go on,” said the coach. “And that means the rest of you receivers have to step up and fast. If you keep running crap routes like you are and dropping passes, there are going to be a lot of other dead receivers on this team, I shit you not.”
Amendola asked that his many casts, slings and wraps be donated to the Boston Children’s Hospital.
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