Rams receiver Danny Amendola got off to a very fast start on Thursday night, reeling in a 44-yard catch that set up a touchdown on the Rams’ first possession. But when trying to make a spectacular catch in the second quarter, he came up injured.
Amendola made what at first appeared to be a long diving catch on third-and-long, but the Cardinals challenged the ruling on the field, and on replay the referee ruled that Amendola didn’t have possession until after the ball hit the ground. Worse, Amendola came up in pain and left the game with a shoulder injury.
NFL Network cameras caught Amendola screaming and throwing his helmet after he stepped into the locker room. It wasn’t clear whether Amendola was upset because he lost the catch, or because he is worried he has a serious injury.
Later in the second quarter, Rams safety Quintin Mikell took a knee to the helmet and fell to the ground awkwardly, and players on both teams who saw Mikell motionless on the ground appeared to be worried that he was severely injured. But after being attended to by the medical staff for a couple minutes, Mikell walked off the field and looked OK.
Late in the second quarter, the Rams lead 10-3.
UPDATE 10:20 p.m. ET: Rams coach Jeff Fisher confirmed that Amendola will not return.