The role is different but the preparation is the same for C.J. Anderson.
A few weeks ago, the Rams signed the sixth-year running back to fill in for Todd Gurley while their star recovered from a left knee injury. Anderson rushed for 299 yards and two touchdowns in victories over Arizona and San Francisco.
Rookie linebacker Justin Lawler played at Pottsboro (Texas) High and in college at Southern Methodist.
“It’s definitely wild,” he said of playing against the Cowboys. “My family, everybody back home, is making it a bigger deal than it really is, but everyone’s excited and it’s going to be fun, especially if we get the outcome we want.”
Kick returner JoJo Natson hails from Florida but “my whole family is Cowboys fans,” he said, adding that his grandfather was “the biggest Cowboys fan ever.”
That’s fine with Natson.
“I know I got my mom and dad behind me,” he said. “Everybody else, I don’t really care. As long as my parents are Rams fans this weekend, I’m good.”