Rams Updates: Amendola listed as questionable

23 hours ago • BY JIM THOMAS

LONDON • Wide receiver Danny Amendola isn't expected to play Sunday against the New England Patriots at Wembley Stadium. Nonetheless, when the Rams released their final injury report of the week, Amendola was listed as questionable on Friday.

By NFL definition, the "questionable" designation means a player has a 50-50 chance of playing. Amendola has been out since suffering a separated SC joint — the place where the collarbone meets the breastbone — in the Oct. 4 game against Arizona. He returned to practice this week and worked on a limited basis all three days.

As for the rest of the Rams' injury report, offensive tackle Rodger Saffold (knee), and defensive end Eugene Sims (knee) are out. Offensive tackle Wayne Hunter (back), linebacker Mario Haggan (thigh), defensive tackle Matt Conrath (knee), and tight end Mike McNeill (knee) are questionable. Wide receiver Brandon Gibson (illness) is probable.

The Patriots have yet to issue their report, but according to the NFL Network, tight end Aaron Hernandez — who has been battling an ankle injury — did not make the trip to London. The Patriots arrived Friday morning.


Still no Tom Cruise sightings at The Grove, the posh resort/estate where the Rams stayed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. But another Hollywood heavyweight, Kevin Costner — who's also in town working on a movie — took in Rams practice Friday.

On a very chilly, windy day, Costner watched the Rams practice just a few yards from the sideline, bundled up in a gray hoodie.

So what's coach Jeff Fisher's favorite Costner movie?

"Gosh, they’re all good but I have to go back to 'Field of Dreams'," Fisher said. "He acted like that was his football field of dreams out there today. His arm must be sore; he must have thrown for about an hour."

Pretty good arm?

"Yeah, at one time," said Fisher, who rarely sugarcoats his "player" evaluations.

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The team practiced at the state-of-the-art Arsenal soccer facilities on Wednesday and Thursday — but switched to the bucolic setting of The Grove for Friday's session. There is only one football field at The Grove, and it's literally cut out of a forest. Since this is England, perhaps a more fitting Costner movie might have been "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," with him riding out of the woods on horseback.

The Rams changed their practice setting Friday for logistical reasons. They checked out of The Grove, about 40 minutes from central London, and will stay in a downtown hotel for the rest of their stay in England. The new venue is much closer to Wembley Stadium, the site of Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. In addition, the team is going to be in the city tonight, touring and having dinner at the Tower of London.