October 29, 1991 |
Tailback Marcus Dupree's six-carry, 38-yard performance might have been the sole bright spot of the Rams' defeat Sunday. With Cleveland Gary sidelined for a couple of weeks because of a knee injury, Coach John Robinson promised that Dupree will play more. "Marcus Dupree got a chance to play and did a good job," Robinson said Monday. "Showed his power as a runner, and we will have him in the games more often."
October 24, 1991 |
For a month now, his playing status has been updated, downgraded, debated and consistently ill-fated. Marcus Dupree, whose left big toe was dislocated in training camp but was ready to go weeks ago, could only watch as chances to resurrect his football career fell by the wayside week by week. First, Dupree had hoped to be activated off injured reserve quick enough to salvage a 1,000-yard season. Then he wanted back at least early enough to earn a starting spot by the end of the season.
August 27, 1991
The Rams plan to place tailback Marcus Dupree, who has a sore left toe, on injured reserve today if they cannot obtain a kick returner on the waiver wire. If the Rams can't get a kick returner, they would need to keep tailback David Lang on the active roster to return kicks, forcing Dupree to the sidelines for at least the first four weeks of the regular season.
August 6, 1991 |
John Robinson says Marcus Dupree and Cleveland Gary will split time at tailback Monday night against the San Diego Chargers, but the Ram coach continues to be amused, intrigued, and sometimes even amazed with Dupree's performance. Dupree carried the ball 15 times, dropped it twice in the first quarter and finished with 55 yards and two touchdowns Saturday against the Atlanta Falcons. And Robinson still can't talk about it without smiling.
August 4, 1991 |
It was water torture, NFL exhibition style. Drop . . . drop . . . drop . . . Do you like fumbles, bumbles and other humbling stumbles? Is your idea of fun watching droppy, sloppy, choppy football? If it is, this was your game, since the NFL, the Rams and the Atlanta Falcons probably don't want their names associated with it.
May 17, 1991 |
The last time he got to the top, it was so fast and easy that Marcus Dupree didn't have time to understand it, much less enjoy it, before his knee blew apart and the ride was over. His body was strong and quick and made to run the football. Everyone could see that. And the ground shook when he took it into his hands and blasted up field. He didn't exactly know what he was doing, but whatever it was, it worked.
December 30, 1990 |
Marcus Dupree, coming off a five-year injury-induced layoff, has been suiting up and sitting tight with the Rams for almost two months now. All dressed up and nowhere to run. Dupree, 26, who suffered what everybody agreed was a career-ending knee injury in 1985 while playing in the United States Football League, has had to learn what it means to be an NFL running back--from the intricacies of blitz-pickup schemes to kick-off blocking to showing his teammates that he belongs.