Minus WR Amendola, Rams need group effort

Associated Press Modified: October 11, 2012 at 5:02 am •  Published: October 11, 2012
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — With prolific wide receiver Danny Amendola sidelined by a collarbone injury, the St. Louis Rams will probably need a group effort to make up the volume for the next several weeks.

They're doing their best to put a positive face on the situation. Amendola is among the NFL leaders with 32 receptions, and has nearly 40 percent of the Rams' catches on the year.

"Danny going down just opens the door," quarterback Sam Bradford said Wednesday. "It gives an opportunity to some of our other receivers to step up and make plays."

That includes rookies Chris Givens and Brian Quick. Steve Smith figures to get back into the mix this week at Miami after being inactive the last two games.

Smith, who has five catches with a 14-yard average, downplayed the opportunity.

"I'm just going to do my job, do what they ask of me," Smith said. "I'm just coming in ready to work every day."

Coach Jeff Fisher said Smith took the hits "like a pro" and made contributions on the scout team.

"He even continued with that today," Fisher said. "Don't expect him to like it, but he understood. He understands patience.

"Unfortunately, through injury he's been given another opportunity."

Amendola is eighth in the NFL in receptions, averaging 12.2 yards with two touchdowns, even though he was limited to a 44-yard grab before he got hurt in the second quarter last Thursday. He could be out six weeks with a collarbone injury.

After practice Wednesday, Fisher said only that Amendola did not participate. But on his weekly radio show earlier in the week, the coach said the injury was "rare and unique," and added it was "probably better than a fracture of the collarbone," which would have sidelined Amendola eight to 10 weeks or perhaps the rest of the season.

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