The St. Louis Rams are likely getting their top receiver back from injury in Week 10.
Slot receiver Danny Amendola, who still leads the team in targets (49), receptions (32) and receiving yards (395) despite missing three games, is poised to return from his broken clavicle injury against the San Francisco 49ers.
According to the Rams official website, only a setback sometime this week would prevent Amendola from being a major part of the Rams' plans Sunday in San Francisco.
"Barring some sort of major setback in this week’s preparation for the 49ers, Amendola figures prominently into the team’s plans for a comeback by the bay," wrote senior writer Nick Wagoner.
Amendola also told Wagoner that he's ready to get back.
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 initial timeline for Amendola's injury was going to keep him out potentially eight weeks, but he's obviously sped up that diagnosis. If Amendola plays Sunday, he'll have only missed four total weeks (including the bye).
Amendola told the Associated Press (via ESPN.com) last week that he has no restrictions because of the injury suffered in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals.
"It's feeling good right now, I have full range of motion and strength and everything," Amendola said.
Before the injury, Amendola averaged almost eight receptions and 80 yards receiving over the Rams' first four weeks. His standout performance came against the Washington Redskins, when he caught 15 of 16 targets for 160 yards and a touchdown.
The Rams hope his return can spark an increase in scoring production.
Since Amendola went out in Week 5, the Rams have scored just 41 points (13.7/game). In the four games with Amendola healthy throughout, St. Louis averaged 19.8 a game.
Amendola may not be the cure-all for the Rams' offensive woes, but his return should be a welcome sign for a team has lost three straight games since starting 3-2.