Amendola, Rams should be better after bye

Receiver Danny Amendola showed the fire he brings to the St. Louis Rams when he threw his helmet in anger after suffering a rib/sternum injury in Week 5.

The manner in which Amendola was injured -- laying out for a football -- was also telling.

And so when the Rams surprisingly gave Amendola a 50-50 chance of returning weeks ahead of schedule Sunday, I wondered whether that seemingly optimistic designation might have reflected, at least in part, Amendola's determination to come back.

They weren't really going to let him play, were they? No, they were not.

Amendola will not play against the New England Patriots in London on Sunday. The team has named him inactive. The team has a bye in Week 10 before visiting the San Francisco 49ers. We can expect Amendola to play in that game, based on his participation in practice over the past week and his questionable status on the injury report this week.

Also for the Rams, Joe Barksdale will remain the starting left tackle. Rodger Saffold and Wayne Hunter are inactive. Saffold will presumably be a candidate to return from his knee injury following the bye, although the team has not given a specific timetable.

Newly added offensive lineman Chris Williams is active Sunday. He and Tim Barnes are the backups.