The St. Louis Rams are “keeping the door open” for a potential return to day from star wide receiver Danny Amendola against the New England Patriots, and the NFL Network’s Albert Breer has reported that Amendola will participate in the team’s pre-game warm-ups at Wembley Stadium.
Breer also notes that it is “unlikely” for Danny Amendola to play in this game, but the fact that the Rams are willing to leave out a slight bit of hope for a return is both encouraging and discouraging. It’s encouraging, because it means that Amendola’s severe, could-have-been life-threatening clavicle injury in Week 5 has healed even faster than expected. His dislocated clavicle was initially expected to cost a minimum of six weeks, but it looks like it will only cost him five.
Due to the severity of the injury, I doubt Amendola ends up playing in this game. I highly doubt it, and it would be crazy for the Rams to risk it. It’s best to him heal, especially since he is on track to return in Week 10 after the team’s Week 9 bye week.
To me, it is discouraging that the Rams are thinking of hurting Amendola’s future health by even thinking of rushing him back much sooner than expected. He’s only had three-and-a-half weeks of healing time. I know that he is a tough player and love citing his anger after being taken out of the game (he threw his helmet in frustration), but severe shoulder and clavicle injuries are especially tricky for a receiver’s future.
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