With Dion Lewis lost for the season and Julian Edelman out for an extended period, Amendola saw a major uptick in targets against Buffalo. He caught nine passes for 117 yards and was Tom Brady's most reliable option by a lengthy stretch in their 20-13 victory. Without him in the lineup, the Patriots would see a major problem with their depth at the wide receiver position.
Here's the rest of Tuesday's injuries we are tracking:
- Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor suffered a shoulder injury during Monday night's loss to the Patriots, but coach Rex Ryan said on WGR-AM in Buffalo on Tuesday that Taylor should be able to play next week. It's still too early to tell when pass-rusher Mario Williams (foot) will come back, Rex said. Wideout Marcus Easley probably won't play on the short week after suffering a concussion.
- Colin Kaepernick had successful surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, according to NFL Media's Rand Getlin, per a source briefed on the procedure. He is expected to make a full recovery. Kaepernick was placed on season-ending injured reserve last weekend. There is question as to whether his return will be in the San Francisco 49ers' red and gold.
- Bears running back Matt Forte (knee), wideout Alshon Jeffery (groin/shoulder), linebacker Pernell McPhee (knee) and tight end Martellus Bennett (ribs) were limited in practice. Wideout Eddie Royal (knee), defensive back Antrel Rolle (knee) and running back Ka'Deem Carey (concussion) did not practice.