The availability of a few players is in question for the St. Louis Rams when they visit the San Francisco 49ers this weekend.
One thing that’s certain is the Rams won’t possibly be as healthy as their opponent by the bay.
The 49ers injury report reads like Bill Belichick’s on opening day – plenty of guys listed, all full participants for the week, all probable to play on Sunday. It’s likely the 49ers will be at full strength when the two teams meet, something that’s become a pattern in San Francisco this year. The team has been so healthy and played so well that neither first-round draft pick WR A.J. Jenkins nor second-round pick RB LaMichael James has played a single snap this year.
The Rams can’t say the same. While they seem primed to get some of their key players back in the near future, they’ll still be without the services of starting C Scott Wells for a few more weeks. Wells is back at practice but doesn’t count against the active roster for another two weeks as part of the injured reserve/designated for return assignment.
One player the Rams will likely have back is WR Danny Amendola. Amendola hasn’t played in over a month due to a separated clavicle, but he’s been practicing the past few weeks and is expected to be active on Sunday. Amendola was a limited participant in practice all week and is officially listed as questionable for the game.
Also questionable are offensive tackles Rodger Saffold and Wayne Hunter. Hunter has been troubled by a back injury, while Saffold has been dealing with a knee injury since week two against the Washington Redskins. Tackle Joe Barksdale has been starting at left tackle when Hunter has been unable to play.
The potential return of Amendola and Saffold could allow the Rams to be more creative on offense than they’ve been in recent weeks.
“Getting guys back helps in some regard even just with the timing of it, getting guys working together,” offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said. “But again, there’s certainly a lot of things we need do better. If we do get guys like Danny (Amendola) back and Rodger (Saffold) back, certainly it opens up some things that maybe we haven’t used in the last couple weeks.”
Also showing up on the injury report were T Barry Richardson (head), LB Justin Cole (illness) and DT Kendall Langford, all probable; LB Mario Haggan (thigh) and DT Kellen Heard (foot), both questionable; and S Darian Stewart (knee) and DE Eugene Sims (knee), both doubtful.