On timetable for Danny Amendola's return

October, 5, 2012
10/05/12
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The projected six-week timetable for Danny Amendola's return from injury could allow the St. Louis Rams' receiver to return after missing only four games.

The Rams, having defeated Arizona on Thursday night, do not play this weekend. They have a bye in three weeks.

Games against Miami, Green Bay, New England and San Francisco would likely be out of the question for Amendola. The Rams face the New York Jets on Nov. 18, six weeks and three days after Amendola suffered the injury. They face Arizona on Nov. 25.

The six-week timetable is an approximation, of course. Adam Schefter's report for ESPN says Amendola suffered a sternoclavicular joint separation. The so-called "SC" joint refers to the point where the collarbone meets the sternum.

I was speaking with Stephania Bell, ESPN's injury expert, about Amendola's situation when she recalled a similar sounding injury from 2007. In that case, the New England Patriots' Sammy Morris suffered an injury to the same joint in mid-October of that season. Morris went on injured reserve a couple weeks later.

Amendola's situation could be different in severity, of course. He suffered an injury to his left elbow and triceps last season.

Here's what Bell wrote about the joint in 2007:
"This joint, as is typical of all joints, is reinforced by ligaments. A bony injury to either the sternum or clavicle (anything ranging from a bruise to a break) would make the joint painful. Likewise, ligaments can tear, resulting in a subluxation (slip or partial dislocation) of the sternoclavicular (SC) joint, also quite painful. Injuries to this area are often a result of high-speed motor vehicle accidents where the seatbelt restraint creates stress across the joint, or, if you happen to play football, high-impact collisions to the front of the chest or the shoulder can do the same.

"The injury here is compounded by the fact that it is nearly impossible to immobilize the SC joint directly; the best solution is to limit shoulder motion on the same side (hence a sling is often used) to keep arm movements from affecting the joint."

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