Another week, another “doubtful” tag for St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola.
Amendola has been dealing with a foot injury since the game against the New York Jets two weeks ago. Amendola didn’t practice all last week and was deemed doubtful for the game in Arizona, a game Amendola played in but only for a handful of snaps. Even in limited action, Amendola was able to make his impact felt, hauling in a 38-yard reception.
Amendola’s injury caused him to miss all three days of practice this week as well, again leaving him doubtful for this Sunday’s game. Amendola has proven that he doesn’t need practice to contribute in game action, but the injury designation is ominous for Amendola’s availability tomorrow.
The loss would be even bigger given the Rams’ opponent. Three weeks ago Amendola caught 11 passes for 102 yards in the 24-24 tie in San Francisco. His familiarity with the 49ers and his recent success would make him one of quarterback Sam Bradford’s primary targets if he were to dress Sunday.
Defensive end Robert Quinn was a surprise inclusion on the injury report at the beginning of the week, missing practice Wednesday and Thursday with symptoms of a concussion. Quinn was a limited participant in practice Friday, and he is officially listed as questionable for the game. Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said that while Quinn was deemed healthy enough to practice, he’s still got some hurdles to clear before he can play Sunday.
“He passed (concussion tests) to the point to where we can get him back in practice,” Fisher said. “We still have a couple more tests to do.”
Starting center Scott Wells appeared on the injury report with a knee injury after seeing his first game action in 11 weeks last Sunday. Wells had previously been sidelined with a foot injury. Wells didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday but was a limited participant Friday. He’s listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
Fellow starting offensive lineman Barry Richardson is also questionable for the game. The Rams starting right tackle was a full participant in practice until Friday, when a knee injury limited him. If both Wells and Richardson are unable to go, the Rams would likely start Robert Turner at center and Wayne Hunter at right tackle.
A foot injury held running back Steven Jackson out of practice Wednesday, but he was limited Thursday and a full participant Friday, and he’ll more than likely suit up on Sunday. The only Rams player ruled out for the game is linebacker Mario Haggan. It will be Haggan’s second straight game missed with an elbow injury he suffered against the Jets.
The 49ers are overwhelmingly healthy. Names like linebacker Patrick Willis, running back Frank Gore and safety Dashon Goldson appear on the injury list, but all three are probable after practicing fully all week. The only 49ers player ruled out for Sunday’s game is backup tight end Demarcus Dobbs due to a non-injury-related absence.
In case there was any question, the Rams will most certainly get the 49ers’ best shot at the Edward Jones Dome.