As if things could get any worse for the St. Louis Rams, now it looks like they could be without their top receiver for a long time, possibly the entire season. Danny Amendola re-injured his elbow in practice last week, the triceps muscle that connects to the elbow he dislocated. According to reports today, it sounds like Amendola is headed for the operating table.
Will Carroll from Sports Illustrated provided this update moments ago:
While it isn't clear at this point how long surgery would keep Amendola off the field, the possibility of him missing the entire season seems inevitable at this point.
The Rams do get a boost soon with the impending return of Mark Clayton. He and fellow Oklahoma product Sam Bradford clearly had a special connection last year. After an eight drop performance from the wide receivers, the Rams could really use Clayton.
There's another question regarding Danny Amendola that needs to be asked: why was he allowed to practice last week? The Rams were fortunate that Amendola's injury did not require surgery the first time. The receiver was anxious to return, as you would expect, and was even talking about playing last week against the Ravens.
Even last week, Spagnuolo and the Rams said that they would be cautious with Amendola, especially with the bye week coming after this game. It's all in how you define cautious, I guess.
With Amendola pressing to play, Spagnuolo acknowledged last week that they wanted to get a look at Amendola's progress.
(We wanted to) find out where we are at more so than anything. He's eager. He's champing at the bit to get out there and play. If he had his way, he would have been there last week. But there's not a lot of strength there. The strength hasn't fully come back. He can do some things. There were times he looked pretty good but it's just a fear of not having full strength.
Hmm, if you're looking for a silver lining, this might signal that the Rams were desperate to get things going and looking for a boost from Danny Amendola. Hindsight being 20-20, the decision to let him practice, to "find out where we are" even while wanting to be cautious backfired on the Rams.
Add this to the list of questions that need to be asked...but probably won't be.