With the first day of training camp officially in the books, there was plenty to take away from the Los Angeles Rams — both good and bad. A primary reason for the bad was the absence of third-year running back, Tre Mason.
After being excused from mini-camp for personal reasons, Mason failed to report to opening day of Rams training camp thus prompting head coach Jeff Fisher to place him on the reserve/did not report list according to Myles Simmons of Rams:
Fisher says Rams have placed Tre Mason on "did not report" list. HC says LA's attempts to contact Mason in offseason have been unsuccessful.
— Myles Simmons (@MylesASimmons) July 31, 2016
Fisher addressed the media regarding Mason’s absence following the first practice on Saturday:
“Just to give you the background, I haven’t personally spoken to Tre since the season ended when we had the checkout physicals,” Fisher said. “I tried numerous times after the incident to reach him and I was unsuccessful. Been communicating through the offseason with his agent Bus Cook. Had minimal conversation with family members, but Tre has made a decision not communicate with us.”
While Fisher seems understandably frustrated with the former All-Rookie running back, he seems more concerned with Mason’s personal health:
“A far as we’re concerned right now, we’re more concerned about Tre Mason’s well-being than we are his football career. We’re going to try to continue to reach him to see where he’s at. But right now, the best thing for us to do is put him on the did-not-report list.”
Mason has had some trouble with the law this offseason as his recent behavior even has his family concerned about his mental health. After being arrested in Florida back in early March, police have been called to his family’s home on five separate occasions since.
After a stellar career at Auburn, the Rams took Mason in the third round where he enjoyed a productive rookie year, rushing for 765 yards and four touchdowns. However, he was promptly replaced the following year by Todd Gurley.