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Fantasy Football Friday: Danny Amendola and His Mysterious Foot Injury

Posted by on Friday, November 23rd, 2012

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If you were one of those people who kept St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola on your fantasy team when he suffered a shoulder injury on October 4th, or you picked him up right before his return in Week 10, then you probably felt pretty good about yourself. His eleven receptions for 102 yards probably helped many clever people–such as you, perhaps–win their matchups. 

It probably didn’t feel so good last week when he left the Rams game against the Jets and was seen hobbling on the sidelines and holding onto his heel. He managed to stay in the game but hasn’t practiced this week and has been seen in a walking boot.

The first question we have is, “Will he play this week?” Well, it’s tough to say when the Rams won’t be specific about the nature of the injury. Many heel injuries are overuse injuries that come on over time, for example, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, heel bruises, or tendonitis. If you felt heel pain from any of these injuries, it likely would occur first thing in the morning or maybe start lightly and increase during the day; it wouldn’t come on sharply and suddenly (by the way, if you do have that kind of heel pain, and you’re not sure what it is, you should see a podiatrist at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine ( 212.996.1900 ) to get an accurate diagnosis).

Traumatic injuries, as you would be more likely to suffer in an NFL game, are easier to identify. If he fractured his heel or ruptured his plantar fascia, then he wouldn’t be able to put weight on it and there wouldn’t be any “might play/might not play” dancing around; he’d be out for weeks.

My guess–and this is just a guess–is that Amendola suffered a midfoot sprain and what looked like him holding onto his heel was really his midfoot. If it’s a mild sprain, then there’s a possibility that he’ll play, but I wouldn’t count on it.  Look at how long foot sprains have kept out Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew and Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray.

The Rams don’t play in Arizona until 4:25 on Sunday, so you could wait until Sunday to see whether Amendola will play or not. However, it’s probably wiser to have a backup plan, another wide receiver you know will play this weekend.

The Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts is available in 45% of Yahoo! leagues; last week Justin Blackmon got all the yards for the Jags, but Shorts is probably a safer bet. The Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton is an interesting gamble with the Colts playing Buffalo. The Bills haven’t been able to stop anyone, so there’s a possibility Hilton might get some receptions in what is likely to be a shootout.  Hilton should be available in most leagues. The Seattle Seashawks’ Sidney Rice is available in 33% of leagues. They’re playing Miami’s defense, which looked good earlier in the year, but has been shakier lately. Rice might be worth a shot, with the Seahawks coming off a bye.

Good luck this weekend, and hey, Rams–tell us a little something about Danny Amendola’s foot. We’re all friends here, no secrets necessary!

Admittedly midfoot sprains can be hard to diagnose. If you have midfoot pain and you’re not sure what it is, you should see a podiatrist at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine ( 212.996.1900 )
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If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.