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Arming Amendola

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Exactly three weeks ago, Danny Amendola sustained a scary separation of his sternoclavicular joint.

His clavicle actually popped in instead of out, narrowly missing his aorta and trachea. Thankfully, Amendola survived the scare and got the bone popped back into place. He was slapped with a six-week timetable.

Fast forward to Wednesday in London, where Amendola shockingly made a return to the practice field. He didn’t do much and hasn’t been cleared for contact, but it’s a mammoth step in the right direction. After Sunday’s cup of tea against the Patriots, the Rams have a bye. It’s reasonable to think Amendola will be able to return for a Week 10 matchup in San Francisco.

In case we’ve forgotten already, Amendola is a player. In just 4 ½ games this season, he racked up 32 catches for 395 yards and two touchdowns. Clearly Sam Bradford’s go-to man, Amendola was targeted an insane 49 targets. To put that in perspective, James Jones has been targeted 47 times and Torrey Smith has seen 49 targets come his way. They’ve both played seven games.

Amendola should be stashed in all formats as we wait for his return. He’ll slide back in as the first read and slot machine for underrated Sam Bradford.

It’s hard to see much light at the end of Greg Jennings’ tunnel.

Even though the latest aggravation of his groin injury was more than three weeks ago, he went for a second opinion with a specialist on Tuesday. Of course, second opinions are never good because it suggests he wasn’t happy with the first opinion.

ESPN Milwaukee now believes that Jennings could very well be held out through the Week 10 bye. That’s easy to do because Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb are all on fire right now. Throw Jennings’ impending free agency into the mix, and we have ourselves a mess.

If/when Jennings gets to 100 percent and returns, he’ll play in a rotation with Jones and Cobb. There’s enough passing game production and three/four-wide sets to make Jennings worth a hold, but the ceiling is capped.

DeMarco Murray thought he’d be back for this week’s showdown with the Giants. He thought wrong.

Murray is still using crutches and doesn’t sound particularly close to a return.

"Oh, I think we're just being very careful about any weight that we're putting on him," coach Jason Garrett said. "The more time we give him the better."

Although Murray’s sprain doesn’t appear as serious as Maurice Jones-Drew’s, it’s a bad injury for a running back. Felix Jones (knee, neck) was held out of practice Wednesday, but he’s tentatively expected to draw another start this week. Phillip Tanner is the handcuff to the handcuff.

Coach Chan Gailey said he wants 30-40 combined touches per game for Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. Wise man. … Aaron Rodgers claims that when Jermichael Finley is in one-on-one coverage, that’s his preferred option. The problem is that Finley hasn’t topped 60 yards all season. … The 49ers say they have no plans to scale back the workloads of Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. Sorry, Brandon Jacobs.

Jake Locker (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Week 8. He might need a Matt Hasselbeck loss this week to get under center in Week 9. … Pierre Garcon (foot) is a really poor bet to play before the Redskins’ Week 10 bye. … Laurent Robinson (concussion) has been cleared to practice without contact. Bad news for Cecil Shorts speculators. … Blaine Gabbert (shoulder) will play through the torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder.

Trent Richardson (ribs) practiced on a limited basis. He says he’ll play, but the real decision will come from coach Pat Shurmur. Wait and see. … Donald Brown (knee) got a limited practice in. His status for Sunday is unknown. … Both Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) and Isaac Redman (ankle) missed practice. Jonathan Dwyer could draw another start this week. … Jimmy Graham (ankle) remains on track to return Sunday after a limited workout Wednesday. … Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) took a day off. It’s a reminder this thing is going to nag. … Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) is using a cart and a walking boot. He won’t give a timetable, but it’s going to be at least 2-4 weeks.

Adding a different D/ST each week based on matchups is a fine strategy. Here are three units that might be on waivers to consider for streaming purposes:

* For more waiver thoughts at all positions, check out Chris Wesseling’s latest here.

1. PACKERS vs. Jaguars - It doesn’t get much tougher than this for Blaine Gabbert. He’ll be playing through a torn labrum, without Maurice Jones-Drew and in Lambeau. Multiple turnovers are a lock.

2. CHARGERS at Browns - San Diego is 3-3 and coming out of a bye. So even though we hate to go with a road team, they should be motivated and flying around the football. They’ll get a bigger boost if Trent Richardson (ribs) ends up limited or inactive.

3. CHIEFS vs. Raiders - Here’s an ideal spot for Kansas City. They’re off a bye, playing at home and facing their arch rivals. If they can’t get up for this one, they’re dead. Carson Palmer has thrown 20 interceptions in 16 games as a Raider.

Adam Levitan is in his sixth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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