Danny Amendola questionable

Updated: October 26, 2012, 2:00 PM ET
By Field Yates | ESPNBoston.com

St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola, who made a surprise return to the practice field this week after a recent shoulder injury, has been officially listed as questionable for Week 8 against the Patriots.

Amendola's designation was included on St. Louis' injury report Friday. His chances of playing are 50-50, and if he were to take the field, it would be well in advance of initial expectations for his return from an Oct. 4 injury.

The Rams on Sunday also could be without their top two left tackles, as Rodger Saffold (knee) remains out, and his replacement, Wayne Hunter (back) is questionable. Hunter took over for Saffold after a Week 2 knee injury, but was inactive last week against the Green Bay Packers as he dealt with the back issue.

Joe Barksdale, claimed off waivers by St. Louis in September, made his first start last week at left tackle, and could be in line for another start this weekend. The team also signed former first-round pick Chris Williams this week after he was recently waived by the Chicago Bears. Williams has experience at both tackle and guard.

Defensive end Eugene Sims (knee) also has been ruled out for the game, while linebacker Mario Haggan (thigh), defensive tackle Matt Conrath (knee), and tight end Mike McNeill (knee) are questionable. Wide receiver Brandon Gibson, who has been dealing with an illness this week, is probable.

The Patriots will release their injury report later in the day.

Field Yates is a regular contributor to ESPNBoston.com.

Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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