St. Louis Rams top wide receiver Danny Amendola was able to put in a limited practice today, which is terrific news for the Rams given that Amendola was expected to miss six weeks at the very least after injuring his collarbone against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football in Week 5. Clearly the Rams best receiver, he makes life much easier for Sam Bradford and is one of the most effective possession receivers in the NFL.
While the fact that Amendola was able to practice today is notable and extremely good news, the 26-year-old still has a very low chance of playing on Sunday against the New England Patriots. Right now, the target date for his return is Week 10, which would put him at about a week or two earlier than his projected return date. Things are progressing quickly for Amendola, and a lot of it has do with his will power and toughness.
After he was pulled out of the game and sent to the locker room, what stuck out the most to me was his anger. He was livid at being injured and not being able to help the team win. The Rams were still able to beat the Cardinals, but that’s beside the point. Amendola threw his helmet at the ground in frustration, and it was chillingly awesome.
The Rams have a bye week in Week 9, which means that it is becoming increasingly likely that he will be able to play in Week 10. I highly doubt he plays against the Patriots, especially since his “practice” was more of a chance to have him on the field than rather actually practicing.
It’s all encouraging stuff for both him and the Rams, and they will undoubtedly be elated to get their 85-catch receiver back. Don’t worry Pats fans, the struggling secondary won’t have to deal with Amendola.
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