Gurley's success relegates Mason to spectator in Rams' backfield

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Rookie Todd Gurley's ascent to early stardom in the NFL appears to have left fellow running back Tre Mason without a role for the St. Louis Rams.

Mason was expected to mind the store while waiting for Gurley to fully recover from his season-ending knee injury at Georgia last November, but a hamstring injury sidelined him for the season opener.

A third-round pick out of Auburn last year, Mason did little in a pair of starts in Weeks 2 and 3, rushing for a combined 42 yards on 16 carries, and has barely touched the ball following Gurley's meteoric rise over the past two games.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher repeatedly has said he wants to give more playing time to Mason, who had a pair of 100-yard games during his rookie season. After watching Gurley carry 30 times for 159 yards in Sunday's 24-10 loss at Green Bay, Fisher appears to realize the rookie's workload must be reduced.

"We wanted to get Tre in more, it just didn't happen. He will play more," Fisher told reporters Monday. "I think 30 carries a game down the stretch is probably a little much for (Gurley)."

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