In another blow to the St. Louis Rams offense, slot WR Danny Amendola suffered an ugly injury early in the fourth quarter, coming down hard following a 6-yard reception and dislocating his left elbow, an injury that could knock him out for the rest of the season.
No timetable has been set as Amendola is expected to get an MRI today. Analyst John Clayton originally predicted 6-8 weeks, but that is beginning to look like the earliest. According to Amendola, “I looked for my arm and it wasn’t there. It’s frustrating. I’ll definitely be back as soon as I can."
Amendola, who was the Rams’ leading receiver last season with 85 catches, is a significant loss for Sam Bradford and the Rams. WRs Brandon Gibson (3 catches, 50 yards) and Mike Sims-Walker (1 catch, 5 yards) look to gain the most.
Take-Away: It doesn’t look good for Amendola right now. If he is indeed lost for the season, Bradford and Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels have a lot more passes to spread around. Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post expects Sims-Walker to slide into the slot and become a focal point of the passing attack, while Danario Alexander, Greg Salas and Austin Pettis battle for the WR#3 slot. He also doesn’t rule out the Rams from going out and picking up free agent WRs Randy Moss or Brandon Stokley, who McDaniels has had success working with in the past.
Waiver Wire Advice: Amendola is going to be out for at least two months, which makes the other Rams WRs appealing. Gibson and Sims-Walker are both worth waiver wire pickups, with the latter having slightly more upside.