As the Rams begin preparations for their regular-season opener at Santa Clara, they still don’t have running back Tre Mason on the roster.
“Tre Mason is on our Reserve/Did Not Report list, that’s where he stands,” coach Jeff Fisher told reporters on Sunday. “We’ve been in communication with the family, not Tre, but with the family. The organization’s position, including the league and the [NFL] Players Association, is to take care of him and help him to get the help that he needs to get through this life crisis that he’s having.”
Mason is in the same posture as a holdout. He can return at any time until the Tuesday after Week 10, and he will be unpaid until he does. If/when he reports, the Rams will have to decide whether to reinstate him to the roster, to cut him or trade him, or to place him on the non-football illness or injury list, based on his condition when he arrives.
Pro Football Talk
Aug 14, 2016 · 11:10 AM EDT
The long, strange offseason (which hasn’t ended) of Rams running back Tre Mason has taken another turn.
And this one was an off-road turn.
According to TMZ Sports, Mason led Palm Beach, Fla., police on an ATV chase recently, after he was riding dangerously in a local park.
The incident happened on July 27, when he was riding without a helmet or eye protection, and “spinning the tires so the dirt and grass would shoot out on to [the nearby road].”
When an officer tried to approach him, he sped off, and when they followed to his home, he locked himself inside. A family member eventually convinced him to come out, and he was charged with operating an ATV on public roads, and fleeing officers.
It’s the sixth time the cops have been called for an incident involving Mason, and the Rams haven’t talked to him in months. He’s currently on the reserve/did not report list, but the concerns for him go beyond football at the moment.
Los Angeles Rams running back Tre Mason, from whom the team hasn't heard despite multiple attempts to contact him, was "admitted for evaluation" to a hospital in late July after his mother called police in South Florida, saying Mason was acting strangely.
According to a police report, Palm Beach County Sheriff's officers arrived at his mother's house in Lake Charleston, Florida, after Tina Mason called to report that Tre Mason was "acting unusual and making irrational statements."
According to the police report, Tre Mason told officers that "he was going to call the White House and we were all going to lose our jobs" and that "the police were responsible for teaching al-Qaida how to fly planes."
Rams officials said Tuesday that they have tried several times to get in touch with Mason, who was arrested in March on charges of reckless driving, marijuana possession and resisting arrest. The team has been in contact with Mason's family and his agent, Bus Cook, but has been unable to get answers about his condition or his whereabouts.
The Rams placed running back Tre Mason on the reserve/did not report list Saturday.
Mason was a no-show when the full squad was required to report on Friday for the team’s first camp at the University of California-Irvine.
The team had excused Mason from the offseason program due to personal reasons. Last week, TMZ reported that police were called to Mason’s house for the fifth time in four months.
It’s probably not a surprise to team officials that Mason didn’t show up for camp, but it still has to be concerning given his recent arrests and the additional police visits.
Mason, who turns 23 next week, has been the Rams’ backup running back for the last two seasons. He got limited work last season with the emergence of Todd Gurley, but he’s scored five touchdowns and averaged 3.8 yards per carry on 254 carries over two seasons.