Rams Tre Mason, Todd Gurley practice, Trumaine Johnson limited


Wednesday was a good day for the running game out in St. Louis. The Rams are close to being 100 percent for the first time all year after injured backs Tre Mason and Todd Gurley were both full participants in Wednesday’s practice. That’s great news for a team looking to rely more on the run game and the ground and pound style.

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Mason, who has been out since injuring his hamstring in Week 3 of the preseason, mentioned he had thoughts of playing last week against Seattle, but felt the rest would provide better results for him.

"“I was close,” Mason said. “I wasn’t 100 percent. I’m not going to lie. I was pretty close. I feel like it was a smart decision to sit that week out so I didn’t miss more time. So it was a very good decision.”(Nick Wagoner, ESPN)"

Mason said he doesn’t expect there to be any holdups as the team preps for Washington this Sunday.

If Mason is a late decision no-go, expect Benny Cunningham to resume his starting role at running back. Cunningham produced well against the Seahawks gaining almost 130 total yards and was threat rushing and receiving. Isaiah Pead, who’s late game fumble almost put the game out of reach for the home team, may also resume his running back duties with Trey Watts still suspended.

In addition to Mason, rookie running back Todd Gurley was also a full participant on Wednesday. Gurley, still recovering from a torn ACL suffered while still in college, is heading into his tenth month of recovery. It would appear his patience is paying off.

St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The odds of Gurley making is NFL debut in Washington are better than they were against Seattle, but don’t put it in pen just yet. Head coach Jeff Fisher said Gurley would continue to get reps during the week and would be re-evaluated at weeks end.

"“I’ll have an injury report for you guys on Friday like we normally do,” Fisher said. “Then we’ll just wait and see, yeah.”(Wagoner, ESPN)"

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who left Sunday’s game against Seattle with concussion like symptoms, has been progressing through the protocol and is close to returning. Fisher said he has one final test to clear, but the fact that he was practicing this week was a good sign he will be available on Sunday. Until further notice backup Marcus Roberson will continue to fill the slot across from Janoris Jenkins. Roberson was more than capable against Seattle, and shouldn’t be looked upon as a weak link heading into Washington.

Defensive end Eugene Sims did not participate in practice. Sims went down late in the game on Sunday with a knee/ankle injury. The injury did not appear to be serious, although Sims did require assistance getting off the field. Running back Chase Reynolds was also a non-participant on Wednesday.

Linebacker Daren Bates, also fighting a knee injury, was a full participant on Wednesday.