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Rams DE Ethan Westbrooks arrested on felony gun charges

Rams defensive end Ethan Westbrooks is facing five felony gun charges after getting arrested over the weekend in Bakersfield. Westbrooks was pulled over Friday night for speeding by the California Highway Patrol, at which point the officer found...

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