Jets players still recovering from Hurricane Irene

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Jets players still recovering from Hurricane Irene

From Comcast SportsNet Tuesday, August 30, 2011
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Bart Scott's home in New Jersey has no power because of Hurricane Irene, and he's unsure when the lights will go back on. Still, the New York Jets linebacker considers himself one of the lucky ones. Several neighborhoods near the Jets' facility in Florham Park were flooded when the storm hit the metropolitan area Sunday and have severe water damage, along with power outages. "The other people need to be helped first," said Scott, whose house in Mendham had no flood damage. "I'll lose some food. I think a lot of my fish died. I've got a salt-water tank. Those are things that can be replaced." The Jets beat the Giants 17-3 in a preseason game Monday that was originally scheduled for Saturday night, and then pushed to Saturday afternoon before being postponed two days because of the then-approaching storm. Scott said he'll be staying in a hotel for at least five more days while the area recovers. "I've got trees, I've got five telephone poles out," he said. "They have to put the telephone poles back up before they can even attempt to put the power back up. I'll be out a long time." He felt for the people in other areas who are a lot worse off than he and several of his teammates. "You've got people who lost things and lost property," Scott said. "That's more important than me having to sit in the dark a couple of days. I can go to a hotel and wait it out. It's no big deal. Next time, I'll have a generator and I'll be fine. I'll call all the people in Morristown and let them come up and pay rent." The Jets' training facility also lost power Sunday, and is operating off an existing generator. Areas critical to team operations, such as for coaching, and personnel, plus team meeting rooms, the training room and football video room are working with backup power. The Jets' media relations and ticketing departments have been working out of the training facility. The Jets briefly held meetings at the facility earlier Monday before they headed to MetLife Stadium for the preseason game. Starting Tuesday, the majority of the Jets' business support staff will work out of the stadium. Several of the Jets players who live near the facility are also without power, including right guard Brandon Moore. "Some guys had some flooding in their basements, but a lot of guys were OK," Moore said. "But I'm in Morristown, so it kind of hit them and shut them down there. We'll be OK, though."

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

00:43 - Rob Gronkowski says he's ready to go against the Texans. Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith talk about this risks of him playing while injured.

05:47 - Phil A.Perry follows up the Gronk discussion with a deeper breakdown of Gronk’s decision to play this Sunday.

10:02 - David Price appears to be easing back into baseball after pitching Friday night. Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Price’s outing in Cincinnati. 

16:12 - The BST crew recaps the Red Sox win over Reds. Drellich returns to analyze how the pitchers performed and how that will impact the Red Sox postseason stretch.  

Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

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Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

This actually won’t be the first time that Danny Amendola had to wait to follow up a strong season-opener with the Pats. 

As the veteran receiver aims to return Sunday from a concussion and knee injury after leaving the Pats’ Week 1 loss early and missing Week 2 altogether, he’ll try to build a Week 1 performance that saw him lead the Pats with 100 yards on six receptions. 

The stop and start is somewhat reminiscent of Amendola’s first year with New England in 2013, when he had 10 receptions for 104 yards in the season-opener. He suffered a groin injury in that game, however, and didn’t play again until Week 5. At least the wait is shorter this time around. 

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“I mean, there’s going to be bumps and bruises along the way, but that’s football, right?” Amendola said Friday. “But I feel really good today, feel strong, so get ready tomorrow and just continue to prepare.”

In that first game back in 2013, Amendola again led the Pats in receiving yards, but it was in a terrible offensive showing for New England. All it took was four receptions for 55 yards to be the Patriots’ best receiver in a 13-6 loss to Cincinnati in which Tom Brady had a rare scoreless game. 

If Amendola can pick up where he left off in Week 1, the Pats will be in good shape. They’re also expected to have Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan ready to go, but Amendola was Tom Brady’s most reliable weapon in the Chiefs game, even though Brandin Cooks made a bigger impact with two pass interference penalties drawn in the red zone. 

Not known for his durability towards the end of his time in St. Louis, this will be the fourth of Amendola’s five regular seasons in New England in which he didn’t play in all 16 games. He played the full season in 2014, 14 games in 2015 and 12 games in 2013 and 2016. 

With Julian Edelman out, Brady could certainly use Amendola’s services as often as possible. That’s especially if he plays the way he did in Week 1. 

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