Saturday’s Texas-USC had more in attendance than Sunday’s Rams and Chargers games. Combined.

The Los Angeles Rams are trending upward. A rocky first season in L.A. gave way to a 1-0 start in 2017. Last year’s worst offensive team exploded for 46 points against the Colts, giving former No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff his first win as a starting quarterback and setting the tone for a promising year.

The local fans, however, haven’t seemed to notice.

The Rams hosted Washington on Sunday in front of a mostly-empty stadium, casting doubt on whether the City of Angels is a premier market for one NFL franchise, let alone two. The red and white seatbacks of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum were plainly visible throughout the first quarter as a smattering of fans took in the action live.

According to the motion it filed with Mazzant, that was always the plan. The NFL said in its filing that if Mazzant had not issued a decision on its motion by close of business on Thursday, the league would file an appeal with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The NFL filed that motion on Friday morning. Mazzant issued his decision on Monday afternoon.

Elliott’s legal team sent a swift response.

“The NFL’s latest maneuvering appears to be indicative of a league with an agenda: trying to navigate a public relations crisis rather than focus on fairness and fact finding,” the statement read.

Now we wait for the outcome of that appeal. In the meantime, Elliott will keep playing.
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