In our morning links earlier today you were greeted with a picture Danny Amendola’s beautifully shattered elbow as you ate your Wheaties and tea biscuits. Amendola’s dislocated elbow may have been the most gruesome St. Louis injury yesterday during the Rams’ loss to Philadelphia, but it definitely wasn’t the only significant loss.
The other two notable opening week injuries for the Rams were to running back Steven Jackson, and quarterback Sam Bradford. The latter isn’t thought to be quite as serious, with Bradford telling Jay Glazer that his right index finger is only bruised after it was initially thought that nerve damage was a possibility. Bradford texted Glazer to say that he’s sore, but he’ll be alright, leaving us to wonder if the text ended with one of these “(:” or one of these “:)”.
Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo confirmed Bradford’s text during his press conference today, slapping his young quarterback with the “day-to-day” tag while saying that the former Sooner has a bruise or contusion on his finger.
However, the news is a little less optimistic for Jackson, the 28-year-old RB who’s inching closer to the age where all running backs suddenly have the urge to buy a custom-made rocking chair. After ripping off a 47-yard touchdown run on the Rams’ first offensive play from scrimmage, Jackson left clutching his quad. He tried to come back later in the game but soon took a permanent seat on the bench. It’s these two opposing Jacksons–the talented and shifty Jackson, and the supremely brittle Jackson–that led St. Louis to acquire Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood during the free agent fracas.
Jackson has missed nine games over the last four years, and Spagnuolo invented a new injury classification today when he said the seven-year veteran probably won’t play in Week 2 against the Giants.
Oh, and starting cornerback Ron Bartell fractured his neck in two places and is likely out for the season. Don’t worry Rams fans, we know you had a bad day, but there’s a slice of rainbow pushing through the thunderbolts and vicious hail. Adam Schefter says that Amendola’s injury may not be quite as serious as what was first feared, and he could return following the team’s Week 5 bye.