Danny Amendola Injury: Updates on Rams WR's Collarbone

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IOctober 5, 2012

Not only did Danny Amendola injure his shoulder on a diving catch, but he didn't even get credit for said catch.

Double whammy. 

UPDATE: Monday, November 5 at 2:35 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

While Amendola's timetable for returning was expected to keep him out most of the season, the wide receiver told reporters that he is looking to return on Sunday against San Francisco. 

Via Nick Wagoner of Rams.com:

Absolutely, I have been waiting three weeks too many so I am ready to get back. I am just ready to get back. I had a couple good weeks of work, limited of course but I feel really good and I am ready to get back out there.

The Rams need all the playmakers they can get to compete with the 49ers. Amendola might not be the piece that puts them over the top, but you would have to like their chances if he is out there. 



UPDATE: Thursday, November 1 at 9:12 a.m. ET by Mike Hoag Jr.

Danny Amendola has confirmed that he will be back in action for the St. Louis Rams in Week 10 following the team's Bye Week this weekend.

"Yeah, absolutely," Amendola said, according to an Associated Press report (via ESPN.com). "I'm ready to come back and I'm ready to do what I can."

Before being injured in the second quarter of the team's Week 5 game against Arizona, the Rams WR was among league leaders with 34 receptions and 395 yards receiving.

His return should help spark a Rams offense that has struggled heavily in the wide receiver's absence.


UPDATE: Sunday, October 28 at 12:03 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

The St. Louis Rams confirmed that their big-play receiver won't be active in London against the New England Patriots, per the team's official Twitter account.

Inactives:WR Danny Amendola, OT Wayne Hunter, OT Rodger Saffold, QB Austin Davis, DE Eugene Sims, LB Mario Haggan, DT Matt Conrath. #RamsUK

— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) October 28, 2012

The move isn't much of a surprise, but Amendola did test out the shoulder during pre-game warmups, an encouraging sign for his status going forward.


UPDATE: Sunday, October 28 at 11:02 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Danny Amendola reportedly will be inactive today against the New England Patriots, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Source: Danny Amendola will be inactive against the Patriots @espnnfl

— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 28, 2012


UPDATE: Sunday, October 28 at 8:55 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Despite practicing this week, Danny Amendola is reportedly out for today's contest against the Patriots, according to CBS Sports' Jamey Eisenberg.

Not a surprise, but Danny Amendola is OUT today.

— Jamey Eisenberg (@JameyEisenberg) October 28, 2012


UPDATE: Thursday, October 25 at 2:22 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Despite previous reports that Amendola isn't expected to player, Amendola nor the team have ruled him out for this Sunday's contest, according to MySanAntonio.com's Staff.

...Amendola says he hasn't ruled out playing against New England at Wembley.

He says 'it kind of depends on how I feel tomorrow. There's an outside chance I could play.'

Coach Jeff Fisher also didn't rule out using Amendola, saying, 'We'll have to wait and see how the week goes on.'


UPDATE: Thursday, October 25 at 11:43 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Although he returned to practice, Danny Amendola is not expected to play Sunday, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas.

Those close to Amendola estimated the recovery and rehab time as four to eight weeks. There's no way Amendola plays this Sunday against New England. But with a bye week once the team returns to the U.S., don't be surprised if Amendola is in the lineup Nov. 11 in San Francisco.


UPDATE: Wednesday, October 24 at 10:23 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Danny Amendola (collarbone) has shockingly returned to practice, according to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss

On a conference call, Rams coach Jeff Fisher says injured WR Danny Amendola returned to practice today on a limited basis.

— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 24, 2012


UPDATE: Sunday, October 7, 1:10 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

While the dislocated clavicle was a serious enough injury on its own, St. Louis Rams star wide receiver Danny Amendola could have been in a much direr situation if the incident was slightly different.

FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer is reporting on Twitter about just how severe Amendola’s injury could have been:

Danny Amendola dislocated clavicle and it popped in, which never happens in the NFL. VERY lucky didn't move far bc close to aorta & trachea.

— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 7, 2012

If the bone had jammed into his throat area, this could have been a very terrible situation, but luckily the severity of the injury was limited to just a separation.

The timetable for a return stays the same (6-7 weeks.)

---End of Update---


UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 5 at 2:43 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

The news on St. Louis' best receiver is out, and it's much better than originally expected after the wideout went down against the Cardinals on Thursday night.

According to NFL reporter Adam Caplan, Amendola will miss some significant time, but his injury has been diagnosed as a dislocated clavicle, as opposed to the original fear — broken collarbone.

Source said #Rams WR Danny Amendola (dislocated clavicle) is expected to miss about 6-7 weeks. Better news than expected.

— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) October 5, 2012

The recovery time, according to the source, is expected to be about 6-7 weeks. What a relief for the Rams, who will need their best receiver as the season goes on. For now, they'll have to find a replacement, but can find comfort in only missing Amendola until Week 11 or 12.

More information on the injury, per Caplan:

More on Amendola: No break in his clavicle. There's a separation between his chest and shoulder. So again, much better news.

— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) October 5, 2012

So, for now, St. Louis can breathe a collective sigh of relief, as the separation is not nearly as serious as a break would have been.

---End of Update---


UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 5 at 9:32 a.m. ET by Ethan Grant

Although the initial reports seemed to be hopeless for Rams fans, new information about Amendola's injury appears to be on the brighter side. According to Rams beat writer Jim Thomas, Amendola won't be on the sideline for the rest of 2012.

Injury by Rams WR Danny Amendola (shoulder/collarbone) not thought to be season-ending.

— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) October 5, 2012

Although in direct conflict with information last night, that's great news going forward for the Rams, who don't have a clear No. 1 receiver with Amendola on the sideline.

Additionally, ESPN's Adam Schefter has confirmed that initial tests on the shoulder have been inconclusive, and that the team will send for more testing today to discover the true extent of the injury.

Tests last night to determine whether Rams WR Danny Amendola's collarbone was broken were inconclusive and he is sched… say.ly/Vsa4jso

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 5, 2012

We'll wait to hear more news after the next phase of testing, so keep checking back for all the latest updates on the PPR legend and the extent of the injured shoulder.

---End of Update---


UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 11:21 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Rams fans, it's time to officially freak out (via Pro Football Talk):

Rams WR Danny Amendola has broken collarbone, per team source.

— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 5, 2012

The Rams look like they'll get an impressive win over Arizona, but this likely spoils any type of celebration, as Sam Bradford has looked like a different player (not in the good way) without Amendola.

This is killer news for St. Louis, and you have to feel terrible for Amendola. 

---End of update---


UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 10:52 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Amendola, according to NFL Network's Alex Flanagan, is back on the sideline:

Danny Amendola on sideline now with sling on right arm in street clothes

— Alex Flanagan (@Alex_Flanagan) October 5, 2012

---End of update---


UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 10:20 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Amendola won't return to Thursday night's battle (via NFL: Around the League):

Jeff Fisher tells NFL Network's Alex Flanagan that Danny Amendola won't return.

— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) October 5, 2012

It's a big blow for the Rams, who are having trouble moving the ball. Hopefully for St. Louis, this is the only game Amendola will miss, but according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the Rams are fearing the worst:

Rams fearing a broken collarbone and long-term absence for WR Danny Amendola. Won't know full extent until more tests conducted Friday

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 5, 2012

We'll be sure to keep you updated as more information becomes available.

---End of update---


The Rams' reception machine laid out to make what appeared to be a spectacular diving catch, but it came at a price. He landed extremely hard on his shoulder and was immediately taken to the locker room.

The news comes from NFL Network's Alex Flanagan:

Danny Amendola taken to locker room after trainers looked at right shoulder/collar bone. Rams Leading receiver and returner

— Alex Flanagan (@Alex_Flanagan) October 5, 2012

OK, maybe "immediately" isn't quite the right word. Before going to the locker room, Amendola stayed on the field to watch his amazing catch be overturned and subsequently fired his helmet in Hulk-like anger. 

It was a rough five minutes for Amendola, who had already made a circus catch for 44 yards earlier in the first quarter.

His return is questionable (via St. Louis Rams' official Twitter account):

WR Danny Amendola has a shoulder injury. His return is questionable.

— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) October 5, 2012

It's never good to see anyone suffer an injury, but it's especially tough to watch Amendola walk off the field.

Not only is he St. Louis' most productive receiver (31 catches, 351 yards, 2 touchdowns) and a very good return man, but he missed the entire 2011 season after suffering a nasty elbow injury.

A career full of potential is suddenly becoming marred by injuries, although it is still too early to react to Thursday night's blow. It's just time to hope for the best.



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