NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Braylon Edwards, Cadillac Williams, Danny Amendola, Michael Crabtree, Mike Sims-Walker, Mike Tolbert, Nate Kaeding, Ryan Mathews, Sam Bradford, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Steven Jackson
Rough day for the Rams: There was a lot of injury added to the insult of St. Louis’ 31-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Quarterback Sam Bradford left the game with a finger injury and running back Steven Jackson went down with a strained right quad. But the biggest blow may have been receiver Danny Amendola, who dislocated his elbow in the fourth quarter and could be finished for the year. The team is waiting for the results of Amendola’s MRI before making a decision, but even in a best-case scenario, he’ll miss the bulk of the season. His absence could provide an opportunity for Mike Sims-Walker, even though he was a non-factor on Sunday. As for Jackson, he should return a little sooner, but Cadillac Williams showed that he still has something left and has potential as a waiver wire pickup in many leagues.
Chargers hit by lightning: If anyone can sympathize with the Rams, it’s the Chargers. San Diego lost kicker Nate Kaeding for the year after he tore his ACL on the opening kickoff of the season (that was returned 103 yards for a touchdown by Percy Harvin). Mike Scifres did a nice job in his stead, making all three of his extra points and nailing a 40-yard field goal. Equally concerning was running back Mike Tolbert, who spent some time on the trainer’s table late in the game following a three-touchdown performance. After the game, however, Tolbert was seen walking without a limp, giving reason for optimism. There is still a chance he could miss next week’s game at New England, which will help Ryan Mathew’s touches, but it doesn’t appear that there’s any reason for long-term concern.
Crabtree sits with sore foot: Once again, Michael Crabtree is off on the wrong foot with the 49ers. After missing all of the preseason while recovering from foot surgery, the third-year wideout sat out most of Sunday’s second half win after experiencing more pain in the foot. So far, Crabtree has been far from the playmaking receiver San Francisco (and some fantasy owners) thought he would be. Now that he’s had two foot surgeries in two years, it’s fair to wonder if maybe Crabtree will never have the same explosiveness that made him a star at Texas Tech. Vernon Davis remains the team’s top receiving option and with the addition of Braylon Edwards, there’s little reason to think Crabtree is going to develop into a consistent fantasy producer anytime soon.