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Danny Amendola: Latest Injury Update for St. Louis Rams Receiver

Danny Amendola was inactive for the Rams' Week 14 win over the Buffalo Bills.
Danny Amendola was inactive for the Rams' Week 14 win over the Buffalo Bills.Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Jamal CollierAnalyst IIIDecember 10, 2012

St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola hasn’t played since Week 12 against the Arizona Cardinals. He had a foot injury that rendered him doubtful to play against Arizona, but suited up and made one catch for 38 yards on the road.

Looks like no Amendola (foot) against Arizona. Rams wide receiver still in walking boot, did not practice all week, and listed as doubtful.

— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) November 23, 2012

Amendola played a handful of snaps before the injury proved to be too bothersome to continue. He missed the following week’s thrilling overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers and the next Wednesday’s practice.

On Thursday, he was limited, which was heading in the right direction after sitting out an entire practice session. He was available to do so again on Friday but was ruled out prior to the Rams’ Week 14 win over the Buffalo Bills, according to The Associated Press (via The Washington Post).

Behind Brandon Gibson’s six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown—all team highs—in Amendola’s absence, the Rams won in Buffalo, 15-12. Rookie Chris Givens was the most targeted man on the squad, getting 10 looks from Sam Bradford.

He only caught three for 25 yards.

Austin Pettis was second on the team with five catches for 33 yards on five targets. Tight end Lance Kendricks saw eight balls thrown in his direction, but he, like Givens, caught just three for 36 yards.

Fantasy football owners looking to rely on Amendola may wish to find safer options elsewhere. St. Louis’ No. 1 WR proved himself to be willing to play through injury this season, but not necessarily able to on a consistent basis that would result in satisfactory production.

If he participates in a full practice or two before Week 15, he may be worth a start—especially in PPR leagues, where he does the most damage—but if he remains limited, Amendola should be on your bench in favor of healthier options with a better chance to finish the game.

Week 12’s setback may have him a bit more reluctant to suit up again before he’s much more confident in his foot.


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