Posted on November 22, 2012 at 8:36 PM
Thursday, Nov 22 at 9:10 PM
ST. LOUIS (Football StL) -- I've asked more doctors and medical personnel over the years if there really is such as thing as being injury prone. You know, someone who just can't stay healthy. Someone who is more likely to keep getting injured again and again and again.
It would seem like such a thing exists. Sports are littered with guys like Bo Jackson who, for the life of them, couldn't shake the injury bug.
But every medical expert I've talked to says there is no such thing as being injury prone. They say there is only those who are simply unlucky. But not prone to injuries.
Whether that's true or not...that's irrelevant. But what's not irrelevant is the fact Danny Amendola is falling under this unfortunate category very quickly.
Last year it was an elbow injury that cost him most of 2011. This year it began with a collarbone issue that has since turned into a foot problem that's costing him games.
Look...two years is hardly enough time to start defining a guy's career as being riddled with injuries. But when you're this important to a team and you're having a hard time staying on the field...something needs to be said.
The Rams made a bold move in releasing often-injured but highly productive wide receiver Danario Alexander in training camp. That gave much credence to the saying "you can't make the club in the tub". Amendola is not even close to the level of not being able to be on the field in the way that Alexander was...but the precedent was set.
You have to stay healthy. If you can't, there's going to find guys who can.
It would take quite a few more bumps and bruises and missed games before the Rams decided to go in a different direction at wide receiver, for sure, but this latest foot injury to Amendola is frustrating enough that it's worth mentioning what happened with Alexander back in August.
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