Will Lance Dunbar make an impact for Rams against Texans?

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With Malcolm Brown out, the Los Angeles Rams hope to see Lance Dunbar step up in the backup’s absence.

Back in the offseason, there was some excitement surrounding the signing of Lance Dunbar, as the Los Angeles Rams hoped to see the former Dallas Cowboys running back return to his old form from a few years ago. Unfortunately, the Rams haven’t been able to see what Dunbar brings to the table since he started the year off on the PUP list with a knee injury, but all of that could change on Sunday against the Houston Texans.

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After being activated this week, there’s a chance Dunbar could see some playing time against the Texans in Week 10 since Malcolm Brown is expected to miss some time after the backup running back suffered a knee sprain against the New York Giants. While Brown has done an amazing job taking some of the pressure off Todd Gurley in the backfield, it will be interesting to see what kind of impact Dunbar can make, if any at all, if Sean McVay provides him with the opportunity to show off his skills.

As bad as it sounds, one of the reasons why the Cowboys were willing to move on from Dunbar was due to the fact that he simply hasn’t looked the same since that devastating knee injury he suffered back in 2015. But when the Rams decided to bring the running back on board this offseason, the intention was this was a low risk with the potential of a high reward since Dunbar was only signed to a one-year deal.

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Obviously, if Dunbar ended up being a solid fill in for Brown, this would be amazing for Los Angeles. But if not, well, at least Gurley continues to play at a high enough level to work his way into the MVP conversation.