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NFC West runners put the ball on the ground

8/21/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

DeAngelo Williams, LaDainian Tomlinson, Willie Parker, Warrick Dunn, LenDale White and Dominic Rhodes combined for 1,313 carries without a fumble last season.

Pretty impressive.

NFC West running backs Julius Jones, Frank Gore and Steven Jackson fumbled 15 times in 651 carries.

Not as impressive.

Jones, Gore and Jackson ranked among the seven worst in the league for fumbles per rushing attempt (among players with more than 150 carries).

Something to keep in mind this season.

The Cardinals' Tim Hightower fumbled once in 143 attempts last season. Among runners with at least 100 carries, the Bengals' Chris Perry had the worst rate by far, fumbling five times in 104 attempts, or .4.8 percent of the time.