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. The primary reason he's played in 56 of a possible 90 contests to date, his absence Wednesday isn't an encouraging sign. On the other hand, the Rams may be giving Dunbar the day off as a precautionary measure. As a result, his 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.
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.
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.
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