It hasn't even been a month since St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola left the game against the Arizona Cardinals with an injured clavicle. And according to head coach Jeff Fisher, Amendola returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis.
It's doubtful that No. 16 steps onto the field this weekend and suits up, but it's encouraging that he is even out there practicing. The six-week original timetable for his injury has obviously changed. It would be a big boost mentally for St. Louis if Amendola was able to return after next week's bye.
ESPN's Mike Sando notes in his Wednesday morning column that despite missing the last two games due to injury, Amendola leads St. Louis' wide receivers in targets. He currently has 47 targets through seven weeks, while Brandon Gibson has 37 and Chris Givens has 26.
There's no question which wide receiver Sam Bradford relies on the most. When everyone is at full health, I would expect Gibson on one side, Givens on the other and Amendola in the slot. It's unfortunate that the veteran Steve Smith has made little to no impact on the field this season.
Coach Fisher is usually very tight-lipped about injuries, so we will just have to wait and see if Bradford's favorite target suits up Sunday afternoon.
With that, let's take a look at other news stories from around the NFC West.
Shaun M. Church of Bleacher Report asks the question, why have the Arizona Cardinals neglected the offensive line?
San Francisco 49ers
Mike Sando of ESPN.com previews Monday night's matchup between bitter NFC West rivals.
Joe Levitt of Bleacher Report takes a look at moves San Francisco should make and avoid before the trade deadline.
Keith Myers of 12thManRising.com tells how the Seahawks can fix their offensive woes.
Darin Pike of Bleacher Report breaks down Russell Wilson's midseason form.
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