- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – As the Patriots prepare for Sunday’s game against the Rams in London, the possibility of facing injured receiver Danny Amendola is now on the radar.
Amendola, who suffered a sternoclavicular joint separation (where the collarbone meets the sternum) in an Oct. 4 game vs. the Cardinals, returned to practice for the first time today, coach Jeff Fisher told Patriots reporters on a conference call this morning.
Amendola was limited, according to Fisher, as the Rams practiced in London in advance of Sunday’s game contest against the Patriots at Wembley Stadium.
Initial reports on Amendola estimated a six-week recovery.
“We talked about it last week, and he told me that he was going to be out there today doing some stuff, and I was a little surprised,” quarterback Sam Bradford said Wednesday morning on a conference call.
“Just from the initial reports, I thought it was going to be quite a bit longer for him to get back on the field. But any time you get him back out there, I think it brought a whole spark to the whole group today, and just lifted everyone’s spirits seeing him back out there.
“Even though he didn’t do a whole lot, just having him on the field really energized our group.”
Bradford was asked what it would mean to the Rams’ offense to have Amendola return this week.
“It would mean a lot. Obviously, I’ve said it before, a lot of our offense runs through Danny when he’s healthy,” he answered. “You look at the Washington game, when he caught 15 balls, and everything really started with him. There is no doubt that we miss him, but I think in the past couple of weeks, the guys who have had to step up and make plays because he’s not there, I think they’ve done a great job. I look for them to do the same this week. Everyone has really elevated their games since he went down.”