The bye week arrived at a good time for the St. Louis Rams, who are currently on a three-game skid and are relatively depleted in the health department. Having that extra week off without a game gives the club a chance to recharge its batteries and get healthy at the same time. Look for the Rams to have some extra enthusiasm coming out of the bye with some familiar faces returning to the lineup.
One of the key components missing has been offensive tackle Rodger Saffold, who has been battling a third-degree MCL sprain since week two. He believes that the knee is getting back to normal however as he said: “You have to have a lot of confidence, especially after you do something to your knee. It’s not an easy task to have a knee injury and be able to come back and play the way that you want to. They’ve been constantly working on me little by little so I keep having confidence in my knee.” There’s no doubt that quarterback Sam Bradford will benefit from getting one of his starting linemen back in protection soon.
Bradford will also appreciate the much-anticipated return of wide receiver Danny Amendola after his scary collarbone injury in week five. He too expects to get back in action following the bye and his road back has been a long one. Last year he missed the bulk of the season after dislocating his elbow in the opener. Amendola said: “Absolutely it’s frustrating. When you sit out a year and then go down again and have to miss a couple games, it’s hard. It’s feeling good right now, I have full range of motion and strength and everything.”
This is all terrific news for a Rams team that has shown plenty of promise so far in 2012, but needs everyone healthy to have a chance moving forward. The process of rebuilding this franchise won’t happen overnight, but there’s no doubt that the club is on the right track with the young building blocks they have in place.
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