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.
Yet another fumble from Kyren Williams…— Ethan Shirazi (@Ethanshirazi24) December 17, 2023
Not good at all. SMH ♂️ pic.twitter.com/HwQSJWDAMA
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.
That's a second fumble from Kyren Williams...— Blaine Grisak (@bgrisakTST) December 17, 2023
Very unfortunate considering the game that he's having otherwise. Gotta be more cognizant of protecting the football.
Lost fumbles in Kyren Williams' first 19 NFL games: 0— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) December 17, 2023
Lost fumbles by Kyren Williams in the 1st half today: 2
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.
With a 27-yard rush in the first quarter, RB Kyren Williams has recorded 1,000 scrimmage yards on the season. He is the first Rams running back to do so since Todd Gurley (1,064) in 2019. #RamHouse #LARvsWAS @Kyrenwilliams23 pic.twitter.com/V4tSsp5Jyg— Los Angeles Rams PR (@TheLARamsPR) December 17, 2023
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?