Redskins

Amendola doesn't rule out playing against Patriots

201210250733272038150-p2.jpeg

Amendola doesn't rule out playing against Patriots

LONDON (AP) St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola is recovering faster than expected from a right shoulder injury, and even thinks there's an ``outside chance'' he can play against the Patriots on Sunday.

Amendola returned to practice this week, but was limited both Wednesday and Thursday at the team's sessions in London. The Rams' leading receiver this season hurt his shoulder against Arizona on Oct. 4 and was originally expected to miss at least two more games.

However, Amendola said he hasn't ruled out playing against New England at Wembley.

``It kind of depends on how I feel tomorrow,'' Amendola said. ``There's an outside chance I could play. If not, then I'll just wait another week. We have a bye week next week and it might be smart to sit out, but at the same time I want to play and go from there.''

Amendola showed no visible signs of the injury as he caught passes and punts on Thursday, and said his recovery is going quicker than he anticipated.

``I'm almost there,'' he said. ``There's some work to be done, I still need to get some range of motion back and get more comfortable with how I feel. I think I'm going to try to do some more tomorrow and get some more team aspect going into practice instead of just doing individual work.''

Coach Jeff Fisher also didn't rule out using Amendola on Sunday, but cautioned that the wide receiver was also eager to get back on the field immediately after his injury.

``We'll have to wait and see how the week goes on,'' Fisher said. ``He practiced better today. ... He's a competitor, and he loves to play, and we can't wait to get him back.''

Amendola led the team in receptions (32) and yards (395) before his injury, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he doesn't expect the Rams' offense to be much different without him.

``I think they still try to do their basic things, they just work around it a little bit,'' Belichick said. ``I wouldn't say they've changed their offense (without Amendola). He's a good player, don't get me wrong, but I think they still try to run their offense. They have real good backs, the running game is obviously really important to them.''

Regardless of whether Amendola plays, quarterback Sam Bradford said it was a boost to the team to have him back on the field in practice.

``Just the guys seeing him out there, knowing that he's close to coming back, I think he gave everyone a bit of a spark,'' Bradford said. ``He never wants to miss a play, and you really respect him for that.''

---

Online:http://pro32.ap.org/poll andhttp://twitter.com/AP-NFL

Quick Links

After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

martez_carter_vs_jets.png
Associated Press

After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

The Redskins are very thin at running back right now. 

Today at practice the Redskins had three running backs on the field. Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs are fully healthy while Chris Thompson is limited as he recovers from a broken leg he suffered last November. 

Injuries have hit the depth at running back. The most recent casualty was Martez Carter, who was waived with an injury designation. 

The move was surprising since Carter had some good runs against the Jets during their preseason game on Thursday and he did not appear to be injured during the game. 

Coach Jay Gruden did not offer any more details as to what the injury to Carter was, only that he is no longer with the team. 

Also sidelined with lower leg injuries are Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall. According to media reports, Perine will be out one week and Marshall for two to four. Gruden would not confirm the timelines, saying only that they are undergoing treatment and the timetable for their returns in unknown. 

The Redskins will bring in some running backs to try out on Sunday. They will need at least one and probably two in order to get through the upcoming preseason game against the Broncos on Friday. 

In other personnel moves, the Redskins waived linebacker Jeff Knox and defensive end Jalen Wilkerson and signed offensive tackle Kendall Calhoun, defensive back Darius Hillary, and wide receiver Allenzae Staggers. 

More Redskins news

-Redskins vs Jets: Must-see photos from the game
-AnalysisFive Redskins-Jets observations

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS and on Instagram @RichTandler

 

Quick Links

Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

ovi_red_carpet_062118.png
NBC Sports Washington/USATSI

Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

💛 @aleksandrovechkinofficial #hello #hellorussia @hello__ru

A post shared by Nastasiya Ovechkina (@nastyashubskaya) on

Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!

MORE CAPITALS NEWS: