St. Louis Rams Injury Update: Brandon Gibson Returns From Illness, Danny Amendola Back (For Real?)


Yesterday, Ramblin’ Fan joked in the title that Danny Amendola was “back,” insinuating that he may actually play in Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. Today, according the Coach Jeff Fisher and reports from practice, it now might not have be such a laughable proposal. After practicing for the second day in a row, Amendola seems to be pushing hard for a return to the field sooner rather than later. Fisher said he “wouldn’t rule out” Amendola playing on Sunday, although it would be a completely shocking if the team allowed him in the game so close to the bye week. However, this has been a year for spectacular comebacks from injury, starting off with Adrian Peterson’s return from the ACL tear and, more recently, the return of Terrell Suggs from his Achilles injury. Although he may no play on Sunday, but when asked about his return after the bye, Amendola replied, “Absolutely, one hundred percent actually.”

Wayne Hunter, Rodger Saffold, and Eugene Sims were the lone holdouts in Thursday’s practice, leading to more speculation about who will be starting at the left tackle spot against the Patriots. Joe Barksdale received mixed reviews, allowing a sack in his first start in the NFL. It will be interesting to see if they give him a second chance against a much more timid New England pass rush, or if they throw Chris Williams into the mix.

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Jim Thomas dropped a correction from yesterday’s injury report, although St. Louis would likely prefer neither of their top receivers be sick heading into a pivotal game before the bye week. However, both Given and Gibson fully participated in Thursday’s practice. The only only notable injury was Mike McNeill, who was limited with an apparent knee injury.