You probably thought that a bye week meant the Rams would be able to avoid bad news for a week.
You thought wrong.
Cornerback Bradley Fletcher collided with wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker during Wednesday’s practice and had to leave the session with a knee injury. The team’s Twitter account reports that he will have an MRI to assess the damage. Sims-Walker also hurt his shoulder in the collision, although his injury is not thought to be serious.
The Rams have already lost cornerbacks Ron Bartell and Jerome Murphy for the season, forcing the team to play Justin King opposite from Fletcher to very little positive effect. If Fletcher is lost for a significant period of time, the chances of the Rams righting the ship after an 0-4 start figure to get worse and the stats of opposing quarterbacks figure to get much better.
Were this an infomercial, this would be the part where it says, “But wait, there’s more!” Adam Caplan of Sirius/XM radio reports that wide receiver Danny Amendola will not play for the team this season because of the dislocated elbow he suffered in the season opener. Amendola, who has not played since then, led the team with 85 catches last season and Sam Bradford seems to be really missing him in the offense this year. The team said Wednesday that Amendola’s status remains up in the air while he gets a second opinion.