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.
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