Amendola May Not Have Broken Clavicle?
Update: Amendola has not been officially diagnosed with a broken collarbone after initial tests were inconclusive. The team will conduct further tests on Friday to see how long Amendola might be out.
In the 2nd quarter of the Rams-Cardinals Week 5 Thursday Night Football game, wide receiver Danny Amendola injured his clavicle, according to Rotoworld. Based on his helmet-throwing antics, early speculation was that he broke the bone, which would cost him at least a month, likely longer.
The big play specialist and PPR stud was off to a solid start, 2nd in the NFL in receptions and easily Sam Bradford’s favorite target. Bradford will now have to turn to Brandon Gibson and Steve Smith, while rookies Chris Givens and Brian Quick could also be forced into bigger roles.
Fantasy owners should monitor this injury to determine which Rams receiver(s) will pick up his targets. Veteran Steve Smith could emerge as a reliable target in the offense, while young wideouts Austin Pettis, Chris Givens, and Brian Quick will likely vie for attention and receptions. The aforementioned Gibson is likely to start, as well.
It is also possible the Rams go to the ground more often without Amendola. Steven Jackson owners may get a weekly boost for a while.