For a team still in the early stages of the rebuilding process, adding injuries into the equation can make finding enough capable bodies a real challenge. For the St. Louis Rams, they have been awfully beaten up in a number of key areas this season and the campaign is just nearing the halfway mark. Let’s take a look at what sort of ailments the team will be dealing with heading into the game in London with the New England Patriots on Sunday.
The offensive line has been the hardest hit area for the club in terms of injuries. Scott Wells has been out since week one with a broken bone in his left foot, two tackles Rodger Saffold and Wayne Hunter are hobbled by knee and back issues respectively, the team just can’t catch a break. Joe Barksdale started for the first time last week and is in line to do the same again this weekend. The signing of former Chicago Bears’ tackle Chris Williams is even more interesting now as he could find himself in the lineup sooner rather than later should any other issues arise.
Without a doubt the biggest injury for the team was losing wide receiver Danny Amendola to a freak collarbone injury against the Arizona Cardinals. Amazingly, Amendola has been practicing full-on for the past two days and is listed as questionable for the game across the pond. Quarterback Sam Bradford weighed in on the morale boost that Amendola’s presence brings saying: “Just the guys seeing him out there knowing that he’s close to coming back, I think he gave everyone a little bit of a spark today just seeing him out there.”
After the severity of his injury, the fact that he is even a possibility to return to action just three weeks removed is remarkable. There’s no question the team could use him on offense with no real go-to receiver on the depth chart for Bradford without him in the mix, but rushing back would be a huge mistake. After getting through practices with no issues though, maybe Amendola will be seeing the field soon for the injury-riddled Rams.
So even though the Rams have already surpassed their win total from last year, it hasn’t been without some trials and tribulation along the way. After this week, the team will have a much needed bye week that could help to heal some of their wounds. If they can stay relatively healthy down the stretch, don’t count this Rams team out of the playoff race yet in the NFC.
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