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Danny Amendola's prognosis and replacements

By Keith Hernandez

All you Danny Amendola owners were probably thinking the same thing last night when he left the game with what they were calling a shoulder injury: Oh no, here we go again. If you owned him last year you know what I'm talking about. He caught only five passes before suffering a ghastly dislocated elbow.

Last night against the Cardinals he probably royally screwed you over in your matchup after making a spectacular one-handed catch for 44 yards on the team's opening drive. Unfortunately that's all he would do before injuring his collarbone. He also dropped another deep pass and had a decent gain negated after a successful Arizona challenge.

St. Louis Rams WR Brandon Gibson
Next in line

Initial reports last night suggested that he suffered a broken collarbone, which would probably sideline him anywhere from four to six weeks. That's a significant chunk of time for a player who had been targeted 44 times heading into last night's game, which was good enough for fourth in the NFL, one ahead of Calvin Johnson.

Now, they're saying that X-rays last night were inconclusive. He'll go for more tests today. So, after all that, he may not have a broken collarbone. Keep a close eye on his test results.

If you own Sam Bradford's favorite target, prepare for the worst and go from there. If he is out for four to six weeks, how do you replace Sam Bradford's favorite target?

Well, you really can't, especially in point-per-reception leagues. If your league is deep and you have the bench space, Amendola should be retained, even if his collarbone is broken. In the meantime, depending on what your WR waiver wire looks like, Brandon Gibson should be scooped up.

Gibson will jump into the role of No. 1 receiver with Amendola out. Gibson was second on the team with 19 targets heading into Week 5. It appears that Chris Givens may start opposite Gibson; Givens was targeted five times after Amendola's injury, but he caught only one of those for a 51-yard TD. Givens had caught only three of his 10 targets in the first four weeks, though, for what it's worth.

Gibson may be your best bet, even if Amendola avoids the broken collarbone. He'll probably miss at least next week even if he doesn't have a break in the bone. Other options to replace Amendola that might be on your waiver wire include Colts wideouts Donnie Avery and T.Y. Hilton, who I touched on yesterday.

A pair of rookies in Justin Blackmon and Kendall Wright could come to your aid in the short term. Jonathan Baldwin, Leonard Hankerson, Andre Roberts, who was targeted 10 times last night, and Domenik Hixon are worth adding to get you through this tough time without Amendola, too.


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