Rams WR Amendola suffers collarbone injury
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St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola, the NFL’s second-leading receiver, is expected to miss about six weeks with an injury to his collarbone, multiple outlets reported Friday.
Amendola, injured in the host Rams’ 17-3 victory over the previously undefeated Cardinals Thursday, told the Associated Press in a telephone interview he didn’t know how long he would be sidelined. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and ESPN, both quoting sources, said Amendola had a separated sternoclavicular joint where the collarbone meets the breastbone and likely would be out about six weeks.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher had little to add, saying he’d have an injury report on Wednesday. The coach also said he was certain the receiver would miss the Oct. 14 game at Miami.
Amendola, who entered the game No. 2 in the NFL with 31 receptions, injured his shoulder on a diving attempt at a catch in the second quarter. A TV camera caught Amendola flinging his helmet into a wall with his left hand while walking in a tunnel to get X-rays. He had the arm in a sling after the game, but the Rams did not make him available to reporters.
For the Cardinals, quarterback Kevin Kolb wasn’t around to talk to reporters the day after being sacked nine times by the Rams — four days after being sacked eight times in an OT win over the Dolphins.
Jackson gets an out
Rams running back Steven Jackson can void the final year of his contract after this season in a compromise after talks fell through on a long-term extension.
The three-time Pro Bowler is the franchise’s career leading rusher and the senior Ram after getting drafted in the first round in 2004. The Rams signed two other core players, defensive end Chris Long and middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, to long-term extensions this summer.
Jackson has seven straight 1,000-yard seasons, the longest active streak in the NFL. He’s making $7 million this season and would make $7 million in 2013, too, and must notify the team by early February if he wants to void the deal.
League hits back
Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway ($21,000) and Cardinals kicker Jay Feely ($7,875) were among the seven players fined for unnecessary roughness last weekend. Greenway struck Lions receiver Calvin Johnson in the head and neck; he apologized to Johnson afterward. Feely struck the Dolphins’ Jimmy Wilson late and in the back during a kickoff return . . . Titans linebacker Colin McCarthy and receiver Kenny Britt are questionable with ankle injuries for Sunday’s game against Minnesota. McCarthy at least has practiced; Britt has not seen any action in two consecutive weeks . . . Seattle defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (calf) returned to full participation in practice and is expected to play at Carolina . . . Redskins nickel cornerback Cedric Griffin (hamstring) will sit out Sunday’s game against the Falcons. Safety Brandon Meriweather had already been ruled out after reinjuring his left knee in a pregame collision last week with receiver Aldrick Robinson . . . Dolphins cornerback Richard Marshall was ruled out of Sunday’s game at Cincinnati with a back injury. The Dolphins rank third worst in the NFL in pass defense.