Malcolm Brown

Los Angeles Rams
Running Back #39
Los Angeles Rams
Running Back #39

Malcolm Brown News

Minimal production in backup role

Brown rushed 18 times for 81 yards and a touchdown and added five catches for 37 yards during the 2022 season.

Analysis: The eight-year veteran spent most of the season bouncing in and out of the practice squad, and his 81 rushing yards marked his lowest season-long tally since the 2016 season. Brown will be a unrestricted free agent heading into 2023, and with Cam Akers, Kyren Williams and Ronnie Rivers all returning for the Rams next season, Brown may be looking for a new home to provide veteran depth.

Jan 13, 2023 1:48 PM EST

Scores first touchdown of season

Brown rushed once for 23 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-10 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Brown's lone touch of the game was an up the gut rush on third down, and the veteran back went untouched as he scampered his way to the end zone for the Rams' only touchdown of the game. Despite the score, Brown's usage remained limited at just eight offensive snaps, and with Cam Akers continuing his late season resurgence with another eye-popping stat line (19-123-0), there's little reason to think Brown will get an extended look in the season finale against the Seahawks.

Jan 2, 2023 10:26 AM EST

Breaks off long run in win

Brown rushed twice for 19 yards and caught his only target for two yards during Sunday's 51-14 victory against the Broncos.

Analysis: Brown saw the field for just six snaps on offense, but made the most of his scant usage by breaking off a 17-yard run early in the fourth quarter, helping to set up Cam Akers for his third and final touchdown of the game. Brown is still third on the depth chart behind Akers and rookie Kyren Williams, and the veteran is unlikely to jump either player as the Rams try to see what they have in their younger backs in the final two games of a lost season.

Dec 26, 2022 8:48 AM EST

Signed to active roster

Brown was signed to the active roster Saturday.

Analysis: Brown has appeared in six different games with the Rams this season and so far has carried the ball 15 times for 39 yards and has caught all four of his targets for 35 yards. Brown will be the third option in the run game, as Cam Akers and Kyren Williams should be expected to handle the majority of the carries.

Dec 17, 2022 2:10 PM EST

Returns to practice squad

Brown reverted the Rams' practice squad Friday, per the NFL transaction log.

Analysis: Brown was elevated from the practice squad for Thursday's 17-16 win over the Raiders. He was on the field for eight offensive snaps and managed three total touches for 17 yards. If Brown is elevated again, he'll work behind both Cam Akers and Kyren Williams.

Dec 9, 2022 6:44 PM EST

Limited usage in win

Brown rushed once for five yards and secured both of his targets for 12 yards during Thursday's 17-16 win against the Raiders.

Analysis: Brown actually logged a season-high with 18 snaps on offense, one shy of Kyren Williams, but other than a nine-yard snag on the Rams' game-winning drive, the veteran running back was an afterthought in the offensive game plan. Despite a plus matchup with Green Bay next in Week 15, Brown's prospects still look dim barring an injury to Cam Akers or Williams.

Dec 9, 2022 10:17 AM EST

Activated for TNF

The Rams elevated Brown from the practice squad ahead of Thursday's game versus the Raiders.

Analysis: Brown will be bumped up to the active roster for the second game in a row after playing all eight of his snaps on special teams Week 13 against Seattle. The 29-year-old previously logged 14 rushes for 34 yards while filling in on the team's depleted running back corps over three games in late October to early November. However, with Cam Akers, Kyren Williams and Ronnie Rivers now all available, it's likely Brown will once again exclusively slot in on special teams if he does see the field Week 14.

Dec 8, 2022 1:29 PM EST

Heads back to practice squad

Brown reverted to the Rams' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transactions log.

Analysis: Brown never saw the field on offense in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. However, he did contribute eight snaps on special teams. It was his sixth appearance of the season, and considering the Rams have three healthy running backs on the active roster, it's unclear whether he may be elevated again for Week 14 against the Raiders.

Dec 5, 2022 6:28 PM EST

Gets elevation for Week 13

The Rams activated Brown from their practice squad to the active roster Saturday ahead of Sunday's game versus the Seahawks.

Analysis: With the addition of Brown, the Rams will carry four running backs into their Week 13 matchup versus Seattle. He has 57 yards on 16 touches through five games in 2022, and he'll probably be part of an ugly committee for fantasy purposes Sunday.

Dec 3, 2022 12:27 PM EST

Re-signed to practice squad

The Rams signed Brown (hamstring) to their practice squad Monday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Brown was waived by the Rams ahead of Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Cardinals, as he popped up with a hamstring injury during practice Wednesday. However, the 29-year-old was likely to see decreased playing time moving forward anyways after rookie running back Kyren Williams was activated from IR on Saturday. Brown was previously elevated from Los Angeles' practice squad for the team's Week 3 loss to San Francisco, and he'll be eligible for two more such activations moving forward this season.

Nov 14, 2022 3:00 PM EST

Leaving L.A.

The Rams waived Brown (hamstring) Saturday.

Analysis: With rookie fifth-rounder Kyren Williams finally active and back in the fold, the Rams saw fit to send Brown to waivers ahead of Week 10. Unless he's claimed by another team during the current waiver period, Brown is set to become an unrestricted free agent.

Nov 12, 2022 12:07 PM EST

Won't play Week 10

Brown (hamstring) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Brown's absence this weekend eliminates some of the clutter from the Rams backfield, which already includes Darrell Henderson, Cam Akers and rookie Kyren Williams (ankle), who is expected to return from injured reserve to make his NFL debut Sunday. Though Brown has been a core special-teams contributor for the Rams when available this season, his already scarce opportunities out of the backfield could become even more limited moving forward now that Williams is part of the mix.

Nov 11, 2022 1:05 PM EST

Still not practicing

Brown (hamstring) didn't practice Thursday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With no practice yet under his belt this week due to a hamstring issue, Brown isn't in a great spot as the Rams prepare for Sunday's divisional matchup with the Cardinals. His status may clear up on Friday's injury report, but if Brown is limited or out this weekend, Darrell Henderson and Cam Akers will be L.A.'s running back duo for Week 10. Meanwhile, Kyren Williams (ankle) could be activated from injured reserve, and Ronnie Rivers is a candidate to be elevated from the practice squad.

Nov 10, 2022 4:16 PM EST

Misses practice

Brown missed Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Brown played 22-to-28 percent of the offensive snaps in each of the Rams' past three games, totaling 14 carries for 34 yards and two catches for 23 yards. His limited role may not last, given that he's now dealing with a hamstring injury while rookie RB Kyren Williams (ankle) may be ready to come off injured reserve for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Nov 9, 2022 2:02 PM EST

Diminished role Sunday

Brown rushed twice for nine yards and caught his lone target for 10 yards in Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Brown's usage with the Rams has trended downward in recent weeks, and he only saw the field for 16 snaps on offense while sharing backup duties with the returning Cam Akers. Despite fellow running back Ronnie Rivers not seeing a snap on offense, Brown's prospects are likely dimming with Kyren Williams (ankle) also close to a return, adding yet another mouth to feed at what has been an ineffective running back stable through the first half of the season.

Nov 7, 2022 8:26 AM EST

Five carries in loss

Brown carried the ball five times for 10 yards in Sunday's 31-14 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Brown saw his role diminish a little in Week 8, playing only 11 offensive snaps in the contest. Ronnie Rivers absorbed some of the extra backfield touches, rushing the ball a team-high eight times while playing 21 snaps in the loss. It's possible that Brown has been supplanted by Rivers as the top option behind Darrell Henderson at running back while Kyren Williams (ankle) could completely knock Brown out of the rotation when he returns.

Oct 31, 2022 7:25 AM EST

Eight touches Sunday

Brown carried the ball seven times for 15 yards and caught his only target for 13 yards in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: Cam Akers (personal) may have played his last game for the Rams, so Brown reclaimed his role as the team's No. 2 running back behind Darrell Henderson and saw his first touches of the season. The veteran back doesn't have much upside however, and his modest workload could be threatened after the Rams' Week 7 bye if rookie Kyren Williams (ankle) is ready to come off injured reserve.

Oct 16, 2022 6:21 PM EST

Signed to active roster

The Rams signed Brown off their practice squad to the active roster Saturday.

Analysis: Brown was elevated to the Rams' active roster for the team's loss to the 49ers and made his 2022 season debut, totaling seven snaps (two offensive). As long as Kyren Williams (ankle) remains on IR, Brown is expected to serve as depth behind Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson and Jake Funk, but barring an injury to one of those backs, Brown doesn't figure to get many opportunities on offense.

Oct 8, 2022 3:38 PM EST

Back to practice squad

Brown reverted to the Rams' practice squad Tuesday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Brown made his first appearance of the 2022 season, but he totaled just seven snaps (two offensive) and didn't record any counting stats. He'll be a potential elevation candidate as long as Kyren Williams (ankle) remains on IR, but barring an injury to Cam Akers or Darrell Henderson, Brown isn't expected to garner a major offensive role for the Rams this season.

Oct 5, 2022 7:26 AM EST

Bumped up from practice squad

Brown was elevated to the Rams' active roster ahead of Monday's game with the 49ers.

Analysis: Brown joined the team's practice squad Sept. 22 and this will be his first game action since re-joining the Rams. With Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson and Jake Funk all healthy, it's unclear what role to expect Brown to play Monday against the 49ers.

Oct 3, 2022 1:50 PM EST

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