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Rams Practice Notes: Amendola Sidelined; Miller Released

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 04:  Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers tries to tackle Brit Miller #49 of the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on December 4, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – DECEMBER 04: Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers tries to tackle Brit Miller #49 of the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on December 4, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Some notes from the Rams Wednesday practice before they head west to face the Arizona Cardinals Sunday:

-Wide receiver Danny Amendola was back on the sideline after suffering a foot injury last Sunday against the New York Jets.

Amendola left the game briefly and was seen limping on the sideline but returned in the second half. Head coach Jeff Fisher said they’d re-evaluate Amendola on Thursday.

-One player who did practice was center Scott Wells. Wells hasn’t played since the first game against the Detroit Lions but is on track for a return against the Cardinals. Wells was removed from the injured reserve and placed on the active roster this week.

The move was made official Tuesday, when the Rams cut fullback and special teams captain Brit Miller. Fisher said the move was difficult on a personal level.

“Really difficult,” Fisher said. “We needed a roster spot for Scott (Wells) and we weren’t using the personnel grouping very much with the fullback and we brought (TE) Cory (Harkey) up and so for the time being this was really the only direction we could go. It’s difficult because Brit really is part of the fabric of this football team. He was voted captain and such, but sometimes that’s where the business side kicks in and it’s unfortunate. We appreciate everything he’s done. He’s a great teammate.”

-When Wells returns to the lineup, it will mean backup center Robert Turner will slide back over to guard, where he began the season. It’ll likely be a welcome return for the Rams, who have tried numerous players at left guard while Turner filled in at center.

Quarterback Sam Bradford commended Turner’s versatility in a pinch.

“Rob’s done a great job,” Bradford said. “Obviously, he’s been in this system for a long time. It’s a tough position to step in to, especially when you started at guard and then had to move back to center. But, I think he’s done a tremendous job stepping in and just taking over that leadership role on the offensive line.”

-Aside from Amendola, running back Steven Jackson, tight end Lance Kendricks and linebacker Mario Haggan missed practice Wednesday. Fisher said Jackson and Kendricks were simply getting another day of rest. Haggan left Sunday’s game with a right elbow injury. His status for Sunday is still unknown. Otherwise, Fisher said the rest of the team is “fine.”

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