Cunningham spent the first four seasons of his career with the Rams mainly as a passing-down back and kickoff returner. His 2016 campaign was ultimately cut short due to a neck injury in Week 14. The Middle Tennessee State product figures to have an opportunity to secure a pass-catching role beside Jordan Howard, as well as a kick return role. However, more clarity regarding his status on the team's depth chart is unlikely to be known until closer to training camp.
Cunningham (neck) is visiting with the Bears on Tuesday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
The 2013 UDFA was effective but unspectacular in his role as a passing-down back and kickoff returner during his four-year tenure in St. Louis. The Rams' recent signing of fellow pass-catching back Lance Dunbar suggests the team doesn't plan to retain Cunningham, who could slide right into a similar role if he joins Jordan Howard in the Chicago backfield. Cunningham did miss the final four games of last season with a neck injury, which could complicate a possible deal.
The Rams signed Lance Dunbar, who could be a replacement for Cunningham (neck), the Los Angeles Times reports.
Dunbar and Cunningham are both pass-catching backs who have mostly been useful in obvious passing situations. It wouldn't make much sense to pair them on the same roster, though it's possible the Rams could give Cunningham another shot if he's willing to accept the veteran's minimum. Otherwise, Cunningham will look for another team in need of a third-down back and special teams contributor. He was solid in his specialized role in 2014 and 2015, but he only caught 16 passes for 91 yards in 11 appearances last season.
Cunningham had already been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Seahawks after failing to practice throughout the short week, but the team has now elected to shut down Cunningham with the season nearing its conclusion. Malcolm Brown and Chase Reynolds would be in line to back up Todd Gurley, while Mike Thomas will likely return kicks with Cunningham out.
Cunningham (neck) has been ruled out for Thursday's tilt against the Seahawks.
Cunningham was unable to practice throughout the Rams' short week, and is now set to miss his second consecutive game. Malcolm Brown and Chase Reynolds will be in line to provide depth at running back behind Todd Gurley, while Mike Thomas figures to return kicks during Cunningham's absence.
|P2||8/19/17||@ ARI||10:00 pm|
|P3||8/27/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|4||9/28/17||@ GB||8:25 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|12||11/26/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/17||@ DET||4:30 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|