Danny Amendola, leading wide receiver for the St. Louis Rams, was forced to sit out last week’s practice with a walking boot covering an aggravated right heel injury.
Although he was visibly limping back to the locker room after practice, Amendola is not ready to take himself out of the season. He was back on the field for the Rams’ recent victory at Arizona, but only played for seven snaps, with one reception for 38 yards. He recognizes that it’s important to give the injury time, and is trying to remain positive during healing.
“I guess we’ll see,” Amendola told the Associated Press. “It’s getting better each and every day, so it’s just a matter of how I feel at the end of the week. I’d like to say I’m optimistic. I always say I’m optimistic.”
Amendola sustained the injury over two weeks ago during play against the Jets. A defensive player fell on his right leg near the goal line, and he later aggravated the injury as he made a cut near the end of the first half of the same game.
Amendola was told by the medical staff and Coach Jeff Fisher that he could remain on the roster for the next scheduled game based on his performance in the pre-game workout. Although Amendola was a starter against the Cardinals, he did not play in the second half.
“It was a group decision,” Amendola said about leaving the game. “I didn’t get a whole lot of reps but the more I could find a role to help in any way, that was what I was trying to do.”
Center Scott Wells and running back Steven Jackson were also on the bench with foot injuries during practice.