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CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman should have help on the way in the form of a new translator after a rocky start with local reporters.On Thursday, manager Joe Maddon said the Cubs were weighing their options to make the transition for Chapman more seamless. The Cuban doesnt speak English.Its difficult where we really havent built a relationship with this guy, Maddon said before a 3-1 win over the?Chicago White Sox, in which Chapman recorded the final four outs to post his first save with the Cubs. I know there?has been some reticence or pushback regarding him to this point; however, understand where hes coming from right now. He doesnt know us, and he really doesnt know the language, so my best advice is to continue to build a relationship.Chapman and Cubs interpreter/coach Henry Blanco came under criticism Monday after the pitcher flubbed his introductory news conference with Chicago reporters.Then the next day, he initially refused to speak with the media after his debut on the mound with his new team. Chapman eventually relented; catcher Miguel Montero?translated for him. Now the Cubs plan on bringing in someone Chapman is more familiar with.Im trying to build a relationship with this guy so he starts trusting me, Maddon said. I believe when that occurs, Im going to understand what hes about and what hes thinking.It will probably be better as we all develop better relationships with him; the conversation is going to flow a lot more easily. To put myself in his shoes, to come into a new venue, new city, new everything, its a pretty heavy moment. 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DETROIT -- So far, this has not been the Todd Gurley who was the NFLs top offensive rookie.Gurley is off to a sluggish start, averaging 2.7 yards per carry and running for no more than 85 yards in any of the first five games. The Los Angeles Rams running back got off much better a year ago when he had had at least 128 yards rushing in four of his first five games.With teams figuring out how to slow him down, the Rams are averaging an NFL-low 284.2 yards a game on offense.The Rams (3-2) still plan to keep giving him the ball early and often, with handoffs and passes, Sunday at Detroit.Hes a big-play guy and weve just got to find ways to give him the football, Los Angeles coach Jeff Fisher said.The Lions (2-3) are bracing for the challenge of preventing Gurley from having a breakout game. They also hope to keep their distinction as the NFLs only team that hasnt given up a rushing touchdown this season.Up close, they saw how good the 6-foot-1, 227-pound Gurley could be last year. Gurley ran 16 times for 140 yards, a career-high 8.75 yards per carry, and two TDs in a 21-14 win over Detroit in St. Louis.Hell probably touch the ball 25 to 30 times between running and passing, Lions safety Glover Quin said. He makes them go. Hes very unique back. Hes big, strong. Hes fast. Hes quick. Hes shifty. Hes got the total package.Here are some other things to watch when the Lions host the Rams:TWO-STOP ROAD TRIP: The Rams have been on the move a lot, relocating to Los Angeles from St. Louis and bouncing around to three cities for offseason workouts, training camp and the regular season. Perhaps the unsettling transition prepares the Rams for quite a road trip. After playing in Detroit at 1 p.m. EDT, a challenging kickoff time for West Coast teams, the Rams plan to fly Sunday to London. After having days to adjust, Los Angeles will play the Giants on the afternoon of Oct. 23 when it is 6:30 a.m. back home.Really, nobody really knows what weve been through since last March, Fisher said. But were settled in and the players are resilient and theyre focused.ANTICIPATING ANSAH: The Lions have played much of the season without one of their best players, defensive end Ezekiel Ansah . He hurt his left ankle early in Week 2 and missed three-plus games.Hes a Pro Bowl player and you miss those guys, Detroit defensive Teryl Austiin acknowledged.dddddddddddd Youd like to say you dont miss them and weve had guys that have done an outstanding job in his absence, but theyre not Ziggy.Ansah looked very healthy in practice, shooting out of his stance to work on rushing the passer earlier this week.THIN LINE: Los Angeles was without three starting defensive linemen last week and the Buffalo Bills took advantage, gaining 193 yards on the ground, led by LeSean McCoys 150 yards. DEs Robert Quinn (shoulder) and William Hayes (ankle) along with tackle Michael Brockers (hip) didnt face the Bills and were unable to practice at all Wednesday, raising doubts about their ability to play in Detroit. The Rams do have DT Aaron Donald, a healthy and potentially dominant player they can count on up front. Donald had a career-high three sacks in last years win over the Lions and has two sacks in the last two games.BANGED-UP BACKFIELD: The Lions signed veteran running back Justin Forsett on Tuesday, adding a much-needed player to their banged-up backfield. Ameer Abdullah is on injured reserve with a foot injury. His backup, Theo Riddick, has been ruled out this weekend with an ankle injury. Rookie Dwayne Washington missed last weeks game with an ankle injury. The 30-year-old Forsett had just 31 carries for 98 yards over three games as a starter this season with the Baltimore Ravens. He asked for, and was granted, his release from the Ravens last week. Forsett ran for 1,266 yards in 2014 and 641 last year in 10 starts before breaking his arm. Forsett said the only thing he has seen in Detroit has been the Lions playbook.What does he have left?Watch me, Forsett said with a smile.HURRY UP, AND WAIT: Jared Goff , the No. 1 overall draft pick, hasnt been playing as a rookie for the Rams, unlike Matthew Stafford, who started right away after Detroit drafted him No. 1 overall in 2009. 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