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Kyren Williams’ 2 first half fumbles put his status as Rams lead back in doubt

Can Rams afford to keep Kyren Williams in the game, despite his approach to 1,000 yards?

NFL: Washington Commanders at Los Angeles Rams Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Rams running back Kyren Williams is a little more than 100 yards away from being L.A.’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Todd Gurley, but can Sean McVay afford to keep him in the game after two turnovers? The Rams leading running back has lost two fumbles in the first half against the Washington Commanders, one on a run and the other on a reception, both in critical moments of an L.A. offensive drive and likely costing his team valuable points.

Williams was briefly replaced by Royce Freeman after his first fumble, and whether that was related to his turnover or not, it put the backup in the game in the red zone. Williams fumbled again on a reception late in the first half. He has 12 carries for 81 yards with a touchdown and two catches for 11 yards, but his turnovers are keeping Washington in the game.

Despite the two turnovers, Williams stayed in the game on L.A.’s final drive of the first half after his second fumble.

For the season, Williams has 881 rushing yards for the season as we sit at the midpoint of Week 15’s game against the Commanders. He’s just 119 yards shy of 1,000 as the Rams have 3.5 games left on the season.

Freeman has 71 carries for 311 yards on the season. Rookie Zach Evans has been nearly non-existent. It’s going to be Williams or Freeman and for now it seems McVay will forgive and forget for his lead back. Will that decision come back to haunt the Rams? Or would it be even worse to take out their most-talented running back?