The Rams have released Dunbar, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The 28-year-old running back will thus look to take his change-of-pace talents elsewhere after logging 11 carries for 51 yards and a TD in four games this past season for the Rams. Though he only recorded one catch in that span, Dunbar previously displayed utility as a pass catcher during his five-year stint with the Cowboys.
Dunbar rushed six times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught one of his two targets for a yard during Sunday's 34-13 loss to San Francisco.
The first-year Ram never got a fair shake in his initial go around in Los Angeles. His season was derailed by a knee injury that landed him on the Physically Unable to Perform list to start the campaign, and the ailment contributed to him playing just 15 offensive snaps through only three games entering Week 17. Even with Sunday's touchdown, there probably aren't many postseason fantasy settings where Dunbar is a viable option. Additionally, he'll become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so his long-term outlook is up in the air heading into 2018.
Dunbar (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday in Seattle, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.
For the second game in a row, head coach Sean McVay will roll with Malcolm Brown as Todd Gurley's top backup, leaving Dunbar as a healthy scratch.
Dunbar (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.
Rams head coach Sean McVay has routinely kept only two running backs active on game days this season, and with Malcolm Brown (knee) shaking off an injury to return from a four-game absence, there wasn't room in the lineup for Dunbar. Even though Brown appears to be ahead of Dunbar on the depth chart, there won't be a path to fantasy utility for any of the team's reserve backs while bell cow Todd Gurley is healthy and productive.
Dunbar (knee) didn't play any snaps on offense in Sunday's 32-16 win over the Cardinals.
Todd Gurley played 55 of a possible 58 snaps, with Tavon Austin also getting a tiny bit of work in the backfield. Dunbar's role isn't shaping up as expected, in large part because Gurley has established himself as one of the top pass-catching backs in the league. The offseason plan may have featured Dunbar taking the field for obvious passing downs, but there's no way that comes to fruition unless Gurley suffers an injury.
Dunbar (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Giants, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Dunbar was sidelined last week after enduring a setback with the knee injury that kept him on the Physically Unable to Perform List for the first half of the season, but he looks to be inching closer to full health now. The 27-year-old logged full practices Thursday and Friday and is the lone backup running back active Sunday, signaling the Rams are comfortable enough with Dunbar's knee. That being said, unless lead back Todd Gurley succumbs to an injury during the contest, Dunbar is only expected to fill in occasionally on passing downs.
Dunbar (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.
Full practices Thursday and Friday weren't enough for Dunbar to avoid an injury designation, but it nonetheless bodes well for his chances of returning from a one-game absence to suit up Sunday. If cleared to play, Dunbar would likely hold a minor role on passing downs, given that lead back Todd Gurley has proven more than capable as a receiver out of the backfield this season.
Dunbar put together a full practice Thursday, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Dunbar had been limited earlier in the week, but now looks on track to take the field in Week 13. The third-down specialist does not have much of a role in the offensive given lead back Todd Gurley's improvement as a pass catcher. Still he figures to provide depth at the position Sunday assuming he avoids any setbacks.
Dunbar (knee) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
With lead back Todd Gurley thriving as a pass catcher, it isn't clear exactly where Dunbar would fit into the Rams' game plans even if he managed to stay healthy for more than a few days. The third-down specialist has battled persistent knee issues throughout his career and has only made two appearances for the Rams this season, getting each of his five carries in garbage time of a blowout. Dunbar was held out for Sunday's 26-20 win over the Saints due to the injury.
Dunbar (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Dunbar was only able to practice on a limited basis Friday this week while battling a knee injury that's likely related to the same one that confined him to the Physically Unable to Perform list to begin the season. The absence of Dunbar, an adept pass catcher out of the backfield, leaves Justin Davis as the lone backup running back to starter Todd Gurley. Malcolm Brown (knee) is also inactive, marking his third consecutive absence.
Dunbar (knee) returned to practice Friday as a limited participant and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints.
While his current ailment doesn't seem too serious, Dunbar has an awfully long history of knee injuries for a 27-year-old player. Given that he played only 10 and five snaps on offense in his two appearances this season, the Rams can probably afford to proceed with caution. The team signed Dunbar with the hope he'd serve as a pass-catching complement to Todd Gurley, who subsequently has proven to be a receiving weapon in his own right. With Malcolm Brown (knee) already ruled out, Justin Davis will serve as Gurley's backup if Dunbar isn't available.
Dunbar didn't practice Wednesday due to a knee injury, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports.
Dunbar and knee concerns have gone hand in hand throughout his career. On the other hand, the Rams may be giving Dunbar the day off as a precautionary measure. Regardless, Dunbar's activity level should be monitored closely as the weekend approaches to gauge his chances to spell Todd Gurley against the Saints on Sunday.
Dunbar gained 31 yards on five carries in Sunday's 33-7 win over the Texans.
The Rams used Tavon Austin to spell Todd Gurley in the backfield a few times, only turning to Dunbar for the meaningless final drive after the game had gotten out of hand. While the team could look to get Dunbar more involved, Gurley's fantastic work in the passing game could make it tough for the former Cowboy to earn a substantial role. The Rams may have signed Dunbar with the thought of a Chris Thompson-type role, but Gurley is making it difficult to take him off the field on passing downs.
Dunbar is active for Sunday's game against the Texans.
Dunbar will be making his first appearance of the season, after having been activated off the PUP list Saturday. While Dunbar is no threat to supplant Gurley, he is a capable pass-catcher, which could give him a degree of utility in PPR formats. He and Gurley are the only Rams' running backs active Sunday, with Malcolm Brown out and Justin Davis on the team's Week 10 inactive list.
The Rams activated Dunbar (knee) from the Physically Unable to Perform list Saturday, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Dunbar doesn't have a clearly defined role after missing the first nine weeks of the season, but with No. 2 running back Malcom Brown out for multiple games with an MCL injury, he could have his fair share of opportunities behind workhorse Todd Gurley. The 27-year-old may very well be eased into the action Sunday against the Texans, but rookie Justin Davis has been active for only two games this season, leaving Dunbar as the Rams' only experienced non-Gurley option at running back.
Rams coach Sean McVay said Dunbar (knee) will be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list for Sunday's game against Houston, Lindsey Thiry of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Dunbar returned to practice last Monday and didn't need long to prove his health, though the Rams may have sped up the process after watching No. 2 running back Malcolm Brown suffer a potentially serious MCL injury in Sunday's 51-17 win over the Giants. Dunbar likely will be eased in Sunday with a minor role, but his track record suggests he may eventually threaten some of Todd Gurley's pass-catching workload.
Dunbar (knee) could be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list prior to Sunday's game against the Texans, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports.
Dunbar returned to practice Oct. 30, opening a three-week window in which the Rams can either activate him from the PUP list or place him on injured reserve for the rest of the season. The first option already seemed likely and is now all but a lock with the team's top backup running back, Malcolm Brown (knee), in danger of a long-term absence if he requires surgery to address an MCL injury. While he and Brown offer very different skill sets, Dunbar's pass-catching ability should make him an equally suitable complement to Todd Gurley, just as Brown's power running has gotten the job done to date. Gurley's versatility means the Rams don't have to be too picky about his backup, so long as they have someone competent to help lighten their superstar's workload. Dunbar's impending return could be seen as a minor concern for Gurley owners, as his proven receiving prowess could inspire the team to take its lead back off the field for more passing downs.
Dunbar (knee) returned to practice Monday, Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
A knee issue flared up at the beginning of training camp and forced the Rams to place Dunbar on the PUP list before the regular-season opener. Now gearing up for a return to game action, the team has opened a three-week window in which to activate the running back to the 53-man roster. The Rams signed Dunbar to serve as a pass-catching complement to starter Todd Gurley, which will provide another layer to what has so far been the ninth-most potent offense (369.1 yards per contest) this season. In the event of an injury to Gurley, though, Dunbar likely wouldn't supersede Malcolm Brown as the primary back as the latter averaged 4.6 YPC in the Rams' two outings before a Week 8 bye.
Dunbar (knee) has increased his activity lately, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports.
Dunbar tweeted "four weeks to go," which suggests he's hoping to be available when first eligible to come off the PUP list in Week 7. Todd Gurley has been impressive as a receiving threat through two weeks, but the Rams might still be able to find a role for Dunbar on obvious passing downs if he looks like he's back at full speed.
Dunbar (knee) was moved to the reserve/PUP list Saturday, Jamie Han of the Rams' official site reports.
Dunbar, who remains without a timeline for a return, is ineligible to return to the field until Week 7. Malcolm Brown and Justin Davis will serve as the backups to Todd Gurley in the meantime, though it wouldn't be much of a surprise to see the team add another Dunbar-esque receiving back to help split the load on passing downs.