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Rams 'energized' by return of injured WR Danny Amendola to practice

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  October 24, 2012 10:58 AM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said the team was "energized" by the return of injured wide receiver Danny Amendola to practice, even in a limited capacity, during the team's workout at Arsenal Wednesday in preparation for Sunday's game against the Patriots at Wembley Stadium in London.

"It was really good to see him," Bradford said of Amendola, who suffered a severe collarbone injury In a Week 4 victory over Seattle. "Obviously, me and him are pretty close. We talked about it last week and he told me he was going to be out there on this date doing some stuff and I was a little surprised.

"Just from the initial reports, I thought it was going to be quite a little bit longer for him to get back out on the field," Bradford said from London in a teleconference with reporters. "Any time you get him back out there, I think it just brought a whole spark to the group today. It lifted everyone's spirits a little seeing him back out there.

"Even though he didn't do a whole lot, just having him on the field really energized our group."

Before his injury, Amendola was a prime weapon in the Rams' passing attack, hauling in 32 catches for 395 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first four games of the season.

"I've said it before, a lot of our offense runs through Danny when he's healthy," Bradford said. "If you look at the Washington game, when he caught 15 balls, everything really started with him. We miss him, but I think the past couple of weeks the guys who've had to step up and make plays because he's not there, I think they've done a great job.

"I expect them to do the same this week."

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