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Rams running back Todd Gurley soars in Pro Bowl voting

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Earlier this week, the NFL announced the leading vote-getters for the 2016 Pro Bowl.

As you can imagine, there are familiar names such as Tom Brady, Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers leading the way. The 4-6 St. Louis Rams don't have much in the way of representation, but there is a certain rookie sensation making some noise.

Rams running back Todd Gurley is not only currently one of the two leading vote-getters at running back, but sits 10th overall, with 204,309 votes. That also puts Gurley second behind Atlanta's Devonta Freeman among running backs.

That fans are already showing Gurley so much respect is impressive considering Gurley wasn't the starter until Week 4. And though his production has dipped lately, through little fault of his own, there's no denying that Gurley has the ability to be a Pro Bowler this year and for many to come.

Elsewhere, no Rams are among the leading vote-getters at their position. Remember, fan balloting isn't the only component of the Pro Bowl teams, so deserving Rams such as defensive tackle Aaron Donald and cornerback Janoris Jenkins could yet get their due.

Donald and Jenkins are probably the best of the Rams' remaining candidates, though punter Johnny Hekker absolutely merits strong consideration and one could make a good argument for safety Cody Davis as a special-teams representative.

I.C.Y.M.I.

A roundup of Thursday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... We opened the day with a closer look at emerging defensive end Matt Longacre. ... In the Ram-blings, we took a look at punter Johnny Hekker's role as the team's emergency quarterback. ... After Case Keenum's concussion, the league held a conference call but didn't seem to offer much in the way of solutions.

Elsewhere:

The NFL Live Crew makes its picks for the Rams-Bengals matchup.

NFL Nation's Week 12 picks.

Here's your Week 12 fantasy intel, also courtesy of NFL Nation.

At 101sports.com, Brandt Dolce writes that the Rams are wasting Tavon Austin's skills.

At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas discussed the Rams' recent issues.