Rams’ Amendola puts freak injury behind him
Experiencing the play that ruined his 2011 season was plenty for
Danny Amendola. The St. Louis Rams wide receiver has never watched
video of his freak injury, saying all that matters is he is
Amendola was Sam Bradford’s go-to possession guy in 2010 with 85
receptions. He was durable, too, especially given the fact he is
5-11 and 188 pounds. Amendola played in all 16 games and totaled 90
kickoff and punt returns.
He didn’t make it out of the 2011 opener. Amendola put his left
hand to the turf while making a cut against the Eagles and
dislocated his left elbow. Slow motion replays showed the elbow
”I’ve never seen it, I don’t even care. The words don’t haunt
me, either,” Amendola told the Associated Press. ”Injuries are
part of the game and that’s the way it goes sometimes.
”It’s all right, it’s all good. I’m back.”
The Rams (No. 28 in AP Pro 32) worked out in 102-degree heat
into early Tuesday evening with no issues, heading into a light day
with an hour-long special teams practice in pads Wednesday. The
first full-pad, full-squad practice is Thursday.
”You put the pads on, get some contact, that’s what it’s all
about,” cornerback Cortland Finnegan said. ”It’ll definitely
separate the men from the boys.”
Fisher said players are weighed before and after each practice
to make sure they are replacing fluids. He said the effort was
”We’re an air-conditioned society now, OK,” Fisher said. ”In
the old days we spent summertime outside, and some of the older
ones knew when we got in trouble Mom said, `Go to your room.’ They
say that now, you go, `Yeah, cool, we’ve got all kinds of stuff to
do in the room.
”Moms need to say go outside, I guess.”
Amendola was having a typical game before the injury, with five
catches for 45 yards. He tried rehab for a month, then tried a
sturdier brace before going on injured reserve in October.
Now it is all behind him.
”I’m back to 100 percent. As strong as I’ve ever been,”
Amendola said after the second day of training camp. ”No
Fisher said Amendola looks like he did pre-injury.
”He’s got really no issues,” Fisher said. ”He was doing well
prior to this break in the summer and he’s running good, he’s
catching good and right now he’s clearly on the same page with
The 26-year-old Amendola isn’t concerned about winning a job in
a more crowded field of candidates. Brandon Lloyd left in free
agency, but the Rams drafted wide receiver Brian Quick in the
second round and Chris Givens in the fourth, and signed veteran
free agent Steve Smith, who is coming off a serious knee
Among the holdovers from the Steve Spagnuolo regime are Brandon
Gibson (36 catches), often-injured but intriguing deep threat
Danario Alexander, and second-year players Greg Salas and Austin
Pettis. Pettis is suspended for the first four games for violating
the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
”It’s cool, it’s what football’s all about, I guess,” Amendola
said. ”We’re getting better. Our room is as good as I’ve seen
The undersized Amendola cracked the NFL the hard way after a
productive career at Texas Tech, spending the 2008 season on the
Dallas Cowboys practice squad and the start of ’09 on the
Philadelphia Eagles practice squad before the Rams picked him
Given that, absorbing a fifth offensive system in parts of four
seasons with Brian Schottenheimer now making the calls is not such
a big deal.
Amendola described the West Coast style offense as a mix of
everything he has experienced in the NFL. He said he has picked up
more since Schottenheimer came aboard earlier this year than he did
the rest of his career.
”Every offense has a lot of similarities, you’ve just got to
learn the verbiage and whatnot,” Amendola said. ”It’s intricate,
but we’re up here all day long working on it, so we’re
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