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WR Avery’s Recovery Going Well According to Spagnuolo

The St.Louis Post-Dispatch reports that WR Donnie Avery seems to be doing well in his recovery, and according to coach Steve Spagnuolo he looks great in his efforts to get back on the field for 2011.

Knee injuries sidelined Rams wide receiver Donnie Avery for the entire regular season, ended Mark Clayton’s season early in Game 5 (in Detroit) and slowed Danario Alexander throughout the year. “If I was going to play the odds, you would hope that after a season of having injuries at that one spot, that maybe this year you wouldn’t,” coach Steve Spagnuolo said. Clayton is scheduled for free agency but is expected to re-sign with the Rams. Clayton isn’t quite at 100 percent as he recovers from patellar tendon surgery. Meanwhile, Avery’s rehab is going well, according to Spagnuolo.

“Donnie Avery looks great,” Spagnuolo said. “You know, when Donnie and I talked a year ago at the end of the (2009) season I said, ‘You’ve got to be a durable guy, and that takes the offseason.’ Because he would catch a pass and it seemed like every time he got up — I told him this — something was sore. “So he worked on it last year, and of course he had the (knee) injury, and with this time with rehab that still rings in his ear. He has really taken a step to get his body ready to play an NFL season.”

Alexander, meanwhile, told the Post-Dispatch earlier this month that his left knee, which has been operated on five times over his football career, feels great. “This is the first year in how long — knock on wood — that nothing’s happened to him,” Spagnuolo said. “That he’s had an offseason that he’s getting ready to play and not rehabbing. I don’t want to put a lot of pressure on Danario, though.”

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