Los Angeles Rams RB Lance Dunbar expected to start season on PUP list

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Los Angeles Rams head coach discussed on Wednesday how he expects running back Lance Dunbar to begin the 2017 NFL season on the PUP list.

In what the team was hoping to be one of the most underrated moves of the offseason, the Los Angeles Rams were hoping to see former Dallas Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar make an impact with the offense as a reliable third-down back. Unfortunately, nobody really knows what to expect from Dunbar since he hasn’t been able to participate in preseason while recovering from a knee injury, and now it looks like the Rams will have to wait even longer for the running back to suit up.

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On Wednesday, Sean McVay hinted that he expects Dunbar to start the regular season off on the PUP list, which brings up the issue of whether Los Angeles should have even signed him in the first place. Keep in mind there was some concern surrounding the Dunbar signing after the running back suffered that devastating knee injury with the Dallas Cowboys back in 2015 since he arguably hasn’t looked his old self since.

Only time will tell when it comes to determining whether bringing Dunbar on board was a mistake, but at least the Rams have other options to work with. If anything, rookie running back Justin Davis has the opportunity to take advantage of Dunbar’s absence the most, as he continues to fight for one of the running back spots on the roster.

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Not to mention, if Dunbar’s knee injury does end up being more serious than expected, at least Los Angeles played it safe this offseason by only signing him to a one-year deal. Players with a history of injuries like Dunbar can be a risk to bring on board, and here’s to hoping he can suit up for the Rams at some point during the regular season to see what he can bring to the offense.