Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams received some not so good news as reports indicated that reserved running back Malcolm Brown regular season is over. Brown suffered an injury to his clavicle in the first half against the Detroit Lions as was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
Rams head coach Sean McVay went with a calculated risk with suiting up Todd Gurley and Brown for the game. However, Gurley managed to shoulder the load with 23 carries for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Running backs Justin Davis and John Kelly were healthy scratches when the inactive list announced, but now will see action moving forward.
Kelly, the sixth-round selection from the University of Tennessee, played exceptionally well in preseason as he ran the ball like an angry runner. Kelly played well enough that expectations were that he potentially could have pushed for the number two spot on the depth chart. He would make the 53-man roster but been inactive the entire regular season.
Kelly now has the opportunity to showcase his talent in the regular season, and as a bruiser probably will see more action than Davis. Rams play the Chicago Bears on Sunday, and with an aggressive pass rush, Kelly probably is more effective in pass protection. Rams will be very concerned with the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack wherever he is lined up on the field.
Kelly has excellent hands as a receiver as he was dynamic in the passing game at Tennessee. Also with the ability to break tackles in the open field, he can be added as another weapon to the offense while relieving Gurley.
The Rams look to improve their record to 12-1 when they meet the Bears at Soldier Field. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 30's at kickoff as the Rams are looking to remain hot. Rams played their only lousy weather game in week six against the Denver Broncos as they struggled in the snowy climate defensively. However, they would defeat the Bronco's by a score of 23-20 to remain perfect on the season.