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Eric Dickerson says he’s banned from Rams sideline

18 September 2016:  Eric Dickerson member of the NFL Hall of Fame at halftime. The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Seattle Seahawks by the final score 9-3 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Icon Sportswire)
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The Los Angeles Rams fell to 4-7 after their loss on Sunday and have turned the reins at quarterback over to No. 1 overall pick, Jared Goff. But the most intriguing news emanating out of Los Angeles is Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson all but disavowing the current Rams regime, having reportedly been told by head coach Jeff Fisher, “As long as I’m the head coach, you’re not welcome on the sideline.”

The war of words has gone back and forth over the course of Monday, with Dickerson firing back, “You don’t have to worry about me on the sidelines, I’m not coming to the Coliseum.”

The Hall of Fame running back began his career better than any rusher in NFL history, amassing just shy of 4,000 rushing yards over his first two seasons and finishing with more than 13,000 for his career.

Dickerson spent the first four and a half years of his NFL career with the Rams, before being traded over reported contract disputes, nearly three decades prior to his current grumblings with Los Angeles. After leading the league in rushing three times with Los Angeles, he would do so again in 1988 as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

With the slow start that has turned into a slump for Rams’ running back Todd Gurley, having Dickerson around may not have been the worst idea. The parallels between the two running backs were beginning to grow eerily similar following Gurley’s rookie campaign in which he rushed for 1,106 yards with a similar rushing style. But thus far this season, he has amassed just 641 yards on the ground in 11 games.

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