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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
NFC West High Energy Player of the Week

A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 15.

Pickings were slim in the NFC West this week. Real slim. Oh-and-four slim.

Ron Bartell
Ron Bartell of the Rams eventually caught up with the Chiefs' Jamaal Charles
This will be brief.

The St. Louis Rams' Ron Bartell gets the call after tracking down the Kansas City Chiefs' Jamaal Charles following an 80-yard run Sunday.

Charles is fast. The Chiefs were already on their way to a likely victory when Charles broke through the Rams' defense with 4 minutes remaining. Bartell was coming off a shoulder injury that had sidelined him the previous week. He easily could have conceded the run out of self-preservation, but how a team loses can matter. The Rams did not quit. Bartell tracked down Charles and tackled him at the 2-yard line.

Kansas City scored on its next play to put away the game, 27-13.

Bartell finished with eight tackles. He brought down Chiefs running back Thomas Jones after gains of 1 and 3 yards. He tackled the Chiefs' Dexter McCluster for a 4-yard loss. He took down Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel after a 3-yard gain on first-and-10.