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Danny Amendola out 6 weeks with collarbone injury…


 Danny Amendola out 6 weeks with collarbone injury...

Jeff Fisher is more tight-lipped about injuries than any of the five Rams head coaches — and two interim head coaches — who have preceded him in St. Louis.

With that in mind, it wasn’t all that surprising when Fisher went name-rank-serial number on the status of injured Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola.

“I’m going to have an injury report for you on Wednesday,” Fisher said at his Friday media session. “I’m not commenting on any injuries from the game. It’s a competitive issue. … If Danny’s going to miss a game, I’ll discuss it at a time in which I’m sure he’s going to miss a game.”

But Fisher wasn’t fooling anyone. Amendola will miss a month or more, league sources indicated to the Post-Dispatch on Friday, after suffering a separated SC joint trying to make a diving catch in the second quarter of Thursday’s 17-3 victory over Arizona. Amendola landed hard on his right shoulder and was done for the night.

In layman’s terms the sternoclavicular — or SC — joint is where the collarbone meets the breastbone. After Amendola’s separation, Rams medical officials were able to put the joint back in place immediately and cleanly, according to sources familiar with the injury. That’s important in terms of avoiding complications and a quicker recovery time.

X-rays taken at the Edward Jones Dome on Thursday night were inconclusive. The Rams wanted to make sure there was no fracture or ligament damage so Amendola underwent additional testing Friday. On Friday, an MRI exam showed no ligament damage. A CT scan showed no fractured or broken bones.

So Amendola does not need surgery. But time is needed to let the injury heal naturally. How long that takes varies, although it’s usually between four and eight weeks. In Amendola’s case, if you split the difference at six weeks, he would be sidelined until the Nov. 25 rematch with the Cardinals in Arizona.

If that happens, he would miss only five games because the Rams have their bye week during that span. Those who know Amendola realize it will be hard to keep him off the field that long. Pound-for-pound one of the toughest Rams, Amendola will be pushing to play as soon as possible.

For proof, look no farther back than last season, when after suffering elbow and triceps injuries in his left arm during the Rams’ 2011 season opener, he attempted to work himself into game shape a month later during a Rams bye week practice. He aggravated the triceps injury attempting to practice last Oct. 6 — or exactly one year ago today — and was done for the year.

In the short term, such an injury is more of a pain tolerance thing. If the injury is 100 percent healed, he’s not more prone to additional injury or an out-and-out broken collarbone, which the Rams originally feared might be the case Thursday night. But if Amendola returns too early, he could be at a greater risk to aggravating the injury.

Given the strong relationship he had with former Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Amendola probably wants to play in the Rams’ Oct. 28 London game with the New England Patriots — McDaniels’ current team.

A more likely situation, although still on the optimistic side, would have Amendola returning after the bye week for the Rams’ Nov. 11 game at San Francisco. A return at that time would be 5 1/2 weeks after the injury, and thanks to the bye, would have Amendola missing just three games: Oct. 14 at Miami, Oct. 21 at home against Green Bay, and the New England game.

No matter how long Amendola is sidelined, it’s a huge setback for the Rams’ already struggling offense.

“Obviously, losing Danny is big,” quarterback Sam Bradford said after Thursday’s victory. “Everyone knows that he’s a big part of our offense. A lot of what we do runs through him.”

Amendola was well on his way to a breakout season before the injury. Entering Thursday’s game he was second in the NFL in receptions (31) and eighth in the league in reception yards (351). He had just one catch against Arizona before the injury, but it went for 44 yards on a route in which Amendola’s speed and quickness all but turned defender Patrick Peterson into a pretzel.

His absence creates more opportunities for the team’s five remaining healthy wide receivers: Brandon Gibson, Chris Givens, Austin Pettis, Brian Quick and Steve Smith. Smith has tons of experience playing the slot receiver position usually manned by Amendola, but Pettis can play there as well.

Rookie Givens had moved into the No. 3 spot the past two games in terms of playing time behind starters Amendola and Gibson. Givens actually started ahead of Amendola on Thursday, although Amendola was in on the very next play.

So the likely lineup minus Amendola would have Gibson and Givens starting with Smith or Pettis working out of the slot.

According to NFL stats, Givens was in for a total of 86 snaps against the Cardinals and Seahawks. Quick was in for 26 plays, and Pettis 25 in those two games.

Smith was inactive against Arizona and Seattle last Sunday, making room for rookie Quick on the game-day roster. But that now changes for the next month or so with Amendola sidelined.


Santonio Holmes done for the season…


Santonio Says Goodbye Santonio Holmes done for the season...

Things just got a lot tougher for the struggling New York Jets.

Wide receiver Santonio Holmes will miss the rest of this season with an injured left foot, leaving the Jets without their top offensive playmaker. The team announced Wednesday that ­Holmes will require surgery and was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

‘‘Obviously, that’s a big loss for us,’’ coach Rex Ryan said. ‘‘Santonio’s one of the top receivers in the game, and it is a big loss.’’

The news came just over a week after star cornerback Darrelle Revis was likely lost for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee — although the Jets haven’t placed him on IR yet, in case, Ryan said, he recovers in time to play in the Super Bowl.

But that leaves the Jets (2-2) now without their best players on defense and offense as they try to return to the playoffs this year after missing out last season. Ryan insisted, however, that the team’s expectations have not changed.

‘‘We have to rally around each other, for sure,’’ Ryan said, comparing the situation in 2009 when the Jets lost nose tackle Kris Jenkins and running backLeon Washington in consecutive weeks — and still made it to the AFC Championship game.

‘‘It does test the resolve of your team, but that’s one of our strengths,’’ Ryan added. ‘‘It’s unfortunate, but that’s what happens.’’

Ryan also pointed out that, despite their struggles, the Jets still lead the AFC East with a 2-0 record in the division.

‘‘Woe is me?’’ Ryan said defiantly. ‘‘How many people are going to feel sorry for the New York Jets? Myself, I know the answer to that: Nobody.’’


Rashard Mendenhall, James Harrison, and Troy Polamalu all may be back for the Steelers


 Rashard Mendenhall, James Harrison, and Troy Polamalu all may be back for the Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, safety Troy Polamalu and running back Rashard Mendenhall were all full participants in Wednesday’s practice.

It looks like the Steelers will have all three players back for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Harrison hasn’t played this season as he recovers from arthroscopic surgery on his knee, while Polamalu has missed two straight games with a strained right calf.

Mendenhall tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Pittsburgh’s final game of the 2011 regular season.

The only other player listed on the Steelers’ injury report was tackle Marcus Gilbert (groin), who also practiced in full on Wednesday.


Aaron Berry signs a two year deal with the Jets


 Aaron Berry signs a two year deal with the Jets

The New York Jets have signed cornerback Aaron Berry to a two-year deal, Berry’s agent, Audie Attar, confirmed to NFL.com and NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport.

The Jets made the move two weeks after starter Darrelle Revis tore his anterior cruciate ligament.

Berry was slotted to start for the Detroit Lionsbefore being arrested twice in a month during the offseason. Berry just completed a three-game suspension for a DUI and brandishing a gun in his hometown of Harrisburg, Pa.

The Jets gave up 34 points to the San Francisco 49ers in the first game without Revis.Kyle Wilson received an increased role and was called for pass interference on the first play of the game. He later missed a tackle during a Colin Kaepernick 7-yard touchdown run and was beat deep twice, though the passes were incomplete. Running back Joe McKnight was moved to cornerback during the week.

Berry started three games for the Lions in 2011 and had one interception during his first two years in the NFL.

Berry is no savior for the Jets defense, but he is an upgrade from a running back.


Michael “I’m made of glass and don’t know when the play is over” Vick messed up his knee vs. the Giants


  Michael Im made of glass and dont know when the play is over Vick messed up his knee vs. the Giants

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Michael Vick’s health has been a subplot for the Philadelphia Eagles all season, but he escapedSunday night’s win over the New York Giants in one piece. For the most part.

Coach Andy Reid told reporters Monday his starting quarterback suffered a knee contusion, but the injury shouldn’t sideline Vick as theEagles prepare to face the Pittsburgh Steelerson Sunday. Reid confirmed Vick will practice Wednesday after hurting his knee on the final play of the team’s 19-17 victory.

Vick has started all four games for the Eagles this season after an injury-plagued preseason that sounded alarms about his ability to endure a 16-game schedule.

More of a concern for the Eagles are Vick’s four passing touchdowns beside six interceptions to start the season. Philadelphia has leaned heavily on running back LeSean McCoy – who also tweaked his knee in the win — but the Eagles need Vick to do what he did Sunday night: Not turn the ball over and put his team in a position to steal games. In that sense, his performance against the Giants was his best of the year.


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