Donnie Avery Will Miss 2010 Season
Unfortunately for the rebuilding Rams, that is exactly what has happened. Third-year wide receiver Donnie Avery will miss the 2010 season with a torn ACL suffered Thursday night against New England.
The Rams confirmed the news via their official Twitter feed after second-year head coach Steve Spagnuolo made the announcement.
It's a devastating development for the Rams. Avery led a rather putrid receiving corps last year with 47 receptions. He also caught five of the team's 12 total passing touchdowns. The 2008 second-round pick out of Houston is a dynamic, explosive playmaker who was going to see an increased role in the offense this season. He caught 53 passes as a rookie in 2008.
With his ability both outside and in the slot, there was a chance he would post huge numbers as a sort of security blanket for rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, who played well in the game at New England Thursday and appears likely to start the team's season opener Sept. 12 against Arizona. He had a chance -- along with Laurent Robinson -- to be a top receiver for the Rams.
Now, the emerging Robinson will have to carry much of the load on his own, with help from slot receiver Danny Amendola, who flashed his incredible speed with a long punt return in the team's preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings.