Fantasy football fiends, brace yourselves. Danny Amendola could be back much sooner than expected.
The top target in the St. Louis Rams passing game suffered a potentially life-threatening shoulder injury during the team’s Oct. 4 win against Arizona. On Wednesday, he was back on the field with his teammates in London where they’re preparing to “host” New England on Sunday at New Wembley Stadium.
Rams Coach Jeff Fisher said Amendola practice in a limited capacity, but his progress could put him ahead of the initial six-week time table St. Louis anticipated.
Amendola dislocated his clavicle while laying out for a catch which required the Rams’ medical staff to put Amendola to sleep and pop his clavicle back into place so that it could not threaten his trachea and aorta.
Tests revealed that Amendola separated his sternoclavicular joint and did not break his collarbone, which would have required surgery.
At the time of the injury, Amendola was on pace for a career year. He was tied with New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz for the league lead in receptions (32) and was fifth in the NFL in receiving yards (395). Amendola had just torched the Washington Redskins’ secondary for 160 yards on 15 catches in Week 2 He was also a hot commodity in PPR fantasy leagues.
The 26-year-old has displayed the skills needed to become an elite possession receiver (as evidenced by this ridiculous one-handed grab), but he has struggled to stay on the field during his four-year career. Amendola dislocated his elbow in Week 1 of 2011 on a play that was so gruesome that Fox declined to show replays. Amendola missed the rest of the season.
In the two games since Amendola’s injury, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford’s passing totals are up by more than 80 yards per game. But St. Louis was 3-2 with Amendola, and the Rams are 0-2 without him.