The St. Louis Rams and New England Patriots are getting closer to the 1:00 p.m. ET showdown time at Wembley, and ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen reported that Rams star wide receiver Danny Amendola will indeed be inactive for today’s game. He was listed questionable heading into the game, which was surprising given that he is just three-and-a-half weeks removed from a severe dislocated clavicle injury.
Danny Amendola was initially expected to be out for at least six weeks, so give a lot of credit to the receiver’s toughness for being able to practice this week. However, there was very little chance of him playing today, even if the Rams held out hope as best the could by allowing him to try and participate in pre-game warm-ups. It just didn’t make any sense to risk Amendola’s health, as shoulder and clavicle injuries are especially serious for WRs. The Rams have a bye week next week, so Amendola should be rested up and likely ready for Week 10.
Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins will play former New England Patriots wideout Jabar Gaffney for the first time this season. The solid veteran possession receiver will no doubt help the receiving corps, and he could end up being the team’s second most productive receiver behind Brian Hartline by season’s end. Ryan Tannehill will definitely benefit from having the steady WR by his side, and Gaffney will almost certainly be utilized as the No. 3 receiver against the New York Jets.
In news regarding trade rumors, more sources keep pouring in and are basically confirming that the Jets will not trade Tim Tebow.
The St. Louis Rams were reportedly willing to shop any players on their roster, and everyone was pointing at the name “Steven Jackson” as the player who would most likely be dealt if a trade were to happen. According to Adam Schefter, GM Les Snead is “willing to listen to offers” for Jackson or other players on the team despite not “proactively shopping” anybody. Jackson has an expiring contract, and rookie running back Daryl Richardson has emerged as a solid backup for this team. I doubt Jackson ends up getting traded, but I have a feeling someone else will before the deadline ends.
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