Ben Volin of the Boston Globe conducted an interview with the new Patriots WR to talk about his close call a season ago with the Rams.
Last season when the Rams were playing the Cardinals, Amendola suffered a clavicle injury when he made a diving catch for a 22 yard gain.
“I just laid out for a ball on the turf and I landed on my shoulder, kind of my neck,” he said. “I picked my arm up to see if it was working, to see what was wrong, and I hurt my shoulder and was like, ‘Aw, [expletive].’ My chest just collapsed. It wouldn’t work. It was kind of freaky. I was like, ‘Yo, something’s wrong.’
“It wasn’t the pain, it was the fact that it wouldn’t work. That’s what [upset me] the most.”
The doctors thought it was a broken collarbone until further testing showed it was much more serious than that.
He suffered a separation of the SC joint, which connects the collarbone to the breastplate. When a shoulder is separated the clavicle pops outward, but Amendola’s popped inward, and came within millimeters of slicing open his aorta and damaging his trachea.
“Coach [Jeff] Fisher called that Monday morning and said, ‘We need to get in there for surgery right now,” said Willie Amendola, Danny’s father.
The Rams doctors never had seen an injury like that one, and couldn’t find another player who had suffered the same injury.
“Those guys were talking about it was one of those things you see in a high-impact car accident, not on a football field,” Willie Amendola said.
After surgery, Amendola found out how close he came to dying.
“I didn’t think too much about it at the time,” Amendola said. “I just knew I couldn’t play and it hurt.”
Five weeks later Amendola returned to the Rams lineup and played against the San Francisco, and caught 11 passes for 102 yards. The game ended in a tie, 24-24.
“I know my injuries are kind of crazy, but I haven’t missed a practice since I broke my collarbone,” Amendola said. “It was hard and it’s part of the game. It’s why I love playing, because it’s so physical. Sometimes you get injured, and that’s the way it is.”
Ben Volin wrote: “That’s why the “fragile” label bugs Amendola so much. Yes, he has played only 16 games once in four NFL seasons (he also played in all 14 games after being signed by St. Louis off Philadelphia’s practice squad in Week 3 of 2009).
It’s not as though he refuses to play on sprained ankles or with minor dings. His injuries have been freakish and painful.”
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