What Does Danny Amendola Injury Mean for Rams, Fantasy Football Owners?

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIIOctober 4, 2012

ST LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 16:  Danny Amendola #16 of the St. Louis Rams enters the field during player introductions prior to the game against the Washington Redskins at Edward Jones Dome on September 16, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Danny Amendola just can't catch a break.

The St. Louis Rams' top wide receiver has been in the midst of a breakout season.

But now this had to happen:


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

— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 5, 2012



Amendola is no stranger to injury, having missed 15 games last season and two more in 2009.

So, what does this injury mean to both the Rams organization and fantasy football owners everywhere?


Fantasy Outlook

A broken collarbone likely means an unfortunate end to a promising season from Amendola.

His 31 receptions through four weeks were the second most in the league, and he had developed a unique chemistry with QB Sam Bradford.

Amendola's penchant for injuries will make him a risky option when and if he is able to return from this injury, either this season or next.

Amendola is supremely talented, but he cannot seem to stay on the field.

What Does This Mean for the Rams?

Losing Amendola is devastating to the Rams offense.

Sure, St. Louis looked great offensively against the Cardinals, but there are 11 games left to be played.

Running back Steven Jackson has been battling injuries himself, and the combo of Bradford-Amendola had been the most consistent source of production from the offense this season.

Wideout Brandon Gibson did score in St. Louis' first two contests, but he has been largely quiet since then.

Make no mistake about it, Amendola is a key cog in the Rams offense and has helped to keep this team in close ballgames.

With him, St. Louis would have easily been able compete in its Week 6 meeting with the Miami Dolphins.

Without him this offense will struggle to find its rhythm in that game and for the rest of the season.