'Day to day' Amendola absent again

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola was absent from practice for the second consecutive day on Tuesday.

A source indicated to ESPNBoston.com that the absence isn't cause for major concern. More specifically, Amendola is dealing with a minor injury issue that is not head related. The nature of the injury beyond that is unknown.

After missing practice for both of the team's preparation days before their third preseason game against the Lions on Thursday night, the likelihood that Amendola will play in Detroit has decreased. Coach Bill Belichick did not shed any light on the injury, saying only that Amendola was "day to day."

Amendola played 20 snaps during the Patriots' second preseason game last Friday night, catching six passes for 71 yards and a touchdown, and then spoke with reporters afterward. He has emerged as the team's top receiver after signing a five-year, free-agent contract this offseason.

If he is unable to play on Thursday night, the Patriots will be likely to rely on a trio of rookie receivers -- Kenbrell Thompkins, Josh Boyce and Aaron Dobson -- as well as veteran Julian Edelman as their top wideouts.