Danny Amendola Status: St. Louis Rams WR Expects To Play This Week

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: Danny Amendola #16 of the St. Louis Rams dislocates his elbow during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Edward Jones Dome on September 11, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Eagles defeated the Rams 31-15. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola expects to play this week against the Washington Redskins. The expectation is purely Amendola's, but he did get some work in practice today. The Rams will not guarantee that Amendola will play this week. 

Amendola dislocated his elbow in week one against the Eagles, see that gruesome photo above. Fortunately, the injury was not the kind that required surgery. Last week, the team had concerns about Amendola getting back to full strength. He did not go through any team drills today. 

Needless to say, it would be great for Sam Bradford to his his primary safety valve back on the field. Bradford has struggled against pressure. He missed some easy check downs against the Ravens, and having Amendola back in the lineup would give the young QB his most reliable receiver to find underneath. Don't discount the potential psychological bump having Amendola back could give the Rams. 

Jim Thomas from the Post Dispatch notes that Amendola is still not expected to play until after the Rams' bye next week. 

In other news, new cornerback Rod Hood practiced with the Rams today. He said his knee felt fine. Hood tore his ACL in 2010. 

Mark Clayton can start practicing on October 19, when he is eligible to come off the PUP list. Second-year cornerback Marquis Johnson can also start practicing at that time. 

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