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Danny Amendola injury: St. Louis Rams receiver returns to practice, but not at full speed

The St. Louis Rams' top wide receiver returned to practice ahead of their Week 14 matchup with the Buffalo Bills, but he wasn't at full speed.

Dilip Vishwanat

For the first time in two weeks, Wednesday, the St. Louis Rams' Danny Amendola practiced with the team. Kathleen Nelson of the Post-Dispatch characterizes the work as "individual drills," but even that's a major improvement given the odd way his season has turned since he suffered a foot injury against the New York Jets. Since then the injury report has perpetually listed him as Doubtful, and each practice report has noted him stalking the sidelines in a walking boot. The week after the injury, against the Arizona Cardinals, he was activated and played seven snaps; last week, against the San Francisco 49ers, he was held out.

In the meantime, rookie Chris Givens has taken control of the passing game in a way that few expected, so the injury stakes are a little higher for Danny Amendola—in the middle of his own breakout season—than they were during the time he missed with a collarbone injury earlier in the year.

But while the offense could be different by the time he gets back, it's unlikely to be so different that it precludes his taking a large role in the offense, even if there aren't any more 15-catch games in his future. If the limp he showed in Arizona is gone—if, let's say, he's finally moved down from Doubtful to Questionable on this Friday's injury report—the Rams will welcome Danny Amendola back. Except for Steve Smith, maybe.