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    Todd Gurley expected to start camp on Rams' NFI list

    By Gregg Rosenthal
    Around The NFL Editor
    Published: July 21, 2015 at 11:49 a.m.

    Todd Gurley was drafted No. 10 overall by the St. Louis Rams with the future in mind. In the short term, he's not ready to return to the field.

    NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Gurley is expected to be on Non-Football Injury list to start training camp, according to sources informed of his situation. Rapoport notes that this was the team's plan when the drafted him, and they can take him off the list whenever he is fully ready.

    There have been no reports about a setback with Gurley's knee throughout the offseason. The team was noncommittal about Gurley being ready for camp, but coach Jeff Fisher did say in "you could probably assume" Gurley will play sooner than you think.

    There are a lot of big position battles heading into camp. As we discussed on Tuesday's podcast, Gurley's battle against his own health is one of the key stories to watch in August. The Rams had the second best rookie running back in the league last year in Tre Mason.

    If Gurley can handle at least half the running load early in the season, this should be one of the most exciting backfields in the league. After years of building and legitimate excuses in St. Louis, Fisher needs to win more than seven games soon. Gurley's health is a key factor in doing so.

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    Re: Todd Gurley Expected To Start Camp On Rams' NFI List

    Man I'm pumped to see Gurley work. Dude is going to be special.

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      Re: Todd Gurley Expected To Start Camp On Rams' NFI List

      Originally posted by sosa39rams View Post
      Man I'm pumped to see Gurley work. Dude is going to be special.
      Let's hope he doesn't get to work before he's ready. We can't afford another Bradford situation.

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        I just hope our young O-line will be able to open some holes early on this season. We will be fine with Mason and Cunningham if our O-line can deliver, if they can't, it won't matter that much whether Gurley is playing or not. A safe return date against the Browns after our bye week would be just dandy.

        I'm with Mike on this one, we would be very foolish to throw Todd into the fray before he's physically ready. Besides, Tre and Benny aren't exactly chopped liver.

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          I'm thinking he makes his debut after the bye week.

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            I think he'll be ready to roll week 1, excuse the optimist in me.

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              Quite the tandem we have ...Gurley and Mason....
              sigpic :ram::helmet:

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                Re: Todd Gurley Expected To Start Camp On Rams' NFI List

                Originally posted by sosa39rams View Post
                I think he'll be ready to roll week 1, excuse the optimist in me.
                I could see this, and Fisher using the NFI as a way to keep his cards close to the vest. Imagine the Seahags surprise to see him suited up on the sidelines after a preseason without him playing.


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                  Re: Todd Gurley Expected To Start Camp On Rams' NFI List

                  Has anyone found an explanation as to why the Rams would use the NFI designation before camp ? I'd have thought the disadvantage of not being able to practice at all would outweigh the plus of an extra camp body. Gurley isn't a QB, there'll be plenty of RBs in camp to practice with. Even if they feel he needs to be held out early in the season, he'd hardly be the first Ram rookie to ride the pine for a while.

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                    Re: Todd Gurley Expected To Start Camp On Rams' NFI List

                    Originally posted by Azul e Oro View Post
                    Has anyone found an explanation as to why the Rams would use the NFI designation before camp ? I'd have thought the disadvantage of not being able to practice at all would outweigh the plus of an extra camp body. Gurley isn't a QB, there'll be plenty of RBs in camp to practice with. Even if they feel he needs to be held out early in the season, he'd hardly be the first Ram rookie to ride the pine for a while.
                    They are probably thinking of a situation in case his injury recovery doesn't go to plan. you can only be placed on the NFI/PUP list at the start of training camp, before you practice. Once the player has practiced you can no longer go on the PUP list

                    If you remain on the PUP list going into the season, you can be put on the regular season PUP list and have to sit out the first 6 games. If you don't come off the PUP after that you sit out the whole season.

                    I suspect if Gurley's injury means he isn't going to play for an extended period of time, then it opens a roster spot for another player. Willis McGahee was on PUP for his whole rookie season after his college injury.
                    @EssexRam_

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                    • r8rh8rmike
                      Ten Burning Rams Questions: When Will Todd Gurley Debut?
                      by r8rh8rmike
                      Ten burning Rams questions: When will Todd Gurley debut?

                      Nick Wagoner, ESPN Staff Writer

                      EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Training camps around the league are either underway or will be before the end of the week. The St. Louis Rams officially get underway on Friday.

                      In the days leading up to the start of camp, we'll take a look at 10 burning questions facing the Rams as they head toward the 2015 season.

                      No. 6: When will rookie running back Todd Gurley be back at full speed?

                      Upon spending the No. 10 overall pick in this year's NFL draft on Georgia's Gurley, the Rams made it abundantly clear they have no intention of rushing Gurley back from his torn left anterior cruciate ligament.
                      Todd Gurley worked out on the sideline by himself as he continues his rehab from knee surgery. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson
                      "This is the running back of our future," coach Jeff Fisher said. "It makes no sense to put him in a bad situation sooner than we have to."

                      The question then becomes, when does that future begin? During organized team activities and the offseason program in the spring, Gurley was limited to working on the side with the athletic training staff. He did some straight-ahead running and light cutting and even participated in some team walk-throughs.

                      At the end of OTAs, Gurley told ESPN.com he hoped to be able to participate in individual drills at the outset of camp with a goal of working his way back into practice within a couple of weeks. The Rams confirmed Tuesday that Gurley will begin training camp on the active roster after he passed his conditioning test.

                      That likely doesn't mean Gurley is ready to go full speed yet, but that he'll be able to do some individual drills before easing his way into full team work. That Gurley is not landing on the non-football injury list or any other designation can only be viewed as a good sign. In fact, Gurley appears to be on or even slightly ahead of the schedule the team envisioned when it drafted him.

                      So while a precise date for Gurley's return is probably still a bit off, there's a real chance he'll be able to return to practice during the preseason and be available in some capacity for the Week 1 meeting against the Seattle Seahawks.
                      -07-29-2015, 09:47 AM
                    • r8rh8rmike
                      Todd Gurley aiming to participate at start of Rams training camp
                      by r8rh8rmike
                      Todd Gurley aiming to participate at start of Rams training camp

                      Nick Wagoner, ESPN Staff Writer

                      EARTH CITY, Mo. -- There's still no definitive timetable for St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley's return to the football field. But there has been progress in his rehabilitation from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament.

                      In fact, Gurley says there's been enough progress that he now has his eye on being able to participate in at least a portion of practice when training camp opens at the end of July.

                      "I'm coming up on seven months and a couple weeks," Gurley said. "I'm just going to keep progressing. I'll be here in July. I hope so for training camp, I hope I at least get to go do some individual stuff. So that's the next goal right there."

                      Whether Gurley is able to reach that goal remains to be seen but the past few weeks at least offered glimmers of hope. During the team's organized team activities, Gurley was regularly seen working on the side with athletic trainer Byron Cunningham. As the weeks went on, Gurley was able to do more and more.

                      After one practice, Gurley spent some time with running backs coach Ben Sirmans going through plays. Then, after one of the final OTAs, Gurley actually stayed with the rookies after a practice and went through some team walk-throughs.

                      "Things have been going pretty good," Gurley said. "I'm just doing whatever they tell me to do and just picking up on our offense more and more. That was my first time doing that little walk-through after. I usually do walk-through reps at the beginning of practice, too."

                      When Gurley hasn't been working out on the side or after practice, he's been spending the practice reps doing everything he can to sharpen his knowledge of the playbook. He was a regular visitor to the offensive huddle during OTAs, listening in on the play call and then going through what his role would be mentally as it happened.

                      For his part, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said the team will monitor Gurley's progress over the next month before deciding what he'll do at the outset of camp.

                      “It's hard to say right now," Fisher said. "I can't predict that. I know he's doing well. He'll rehab with us during the break. We're also going to give him his time off because he's entitled to his time off to go home for a few days. We're just going to see how he progresses. We have options, which are the PUP things and we just have to see where he is. If he's not PUP-ed then I think you could probably assume that he's going to play sooner than you think.”

                      Gurley and his rookie teammates participate in the NFL's rookie symposium this week and then have some down time, but Gurley said he plans to spend most of his "off time" in St. Louis continuing to work out and get healthy. He's hoping if he can make the...
                      -06-23-2015, 09:41 AM
                    • GroundChuck
                      Gurley passed physical - will start camp on active list
                      by GroundChuck
                      The Score just reported that Todd Gurley passed his physical and will be a go for training camp.
                      Edit - The Score got their info from Jim Thomas.
                      -07-28-2015, 12:27 PM
                    • r8rh8rmike
                      Todd Gurley Making Progress, But Rams Won't Rush Him
                      by r8rh8rmike
                      Todd Gurley making progress, but Rams won't rush him

                      Nick Wagoner, ESPN Staff Writer

                      EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The pre-training camp news that St. Louis Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley would begin camp on the active roster was met with plenty of optimism that he'd be back breaking tackles and scoring touchdowns in short order.

                      But perhaps nobody knows better than the Rams that what amounts to rehab progress one day can quickly turn into a painful setback. That's especially true when it comes to anterior cruciate ligaments.

                      It was just a year ago that the Rams were singing the praises of quarterback Sam Bradford and left tackle Jake Long in their respective recoveries from torn ACLs. Bradford went on to re-tear his ACL in the third preseason game. Long made it almost halfway through the season before re-injuring his knee.

                      So even if they stick to the usual platitudes about every injury being different, the lessons of the past are hard to ignore.

                      "Our approach with Todd is just that it’s a common sense, medical approach," coach Jeff Fisher said. "That includes everybody. We’re going to take care of Todd and get him ready to play. All of those decisions are based on information and progress and his commitment and where we think he is, not where I think he is from a head coach’s standpoint, but collectively from (director of sports medicine and performance) Reggie (Scott) and through the doctors and everybody.”

                      The Rams are not yet a full week into this training camp, but so far Gurley's practice routine has remained mostly static. He's participated in individual drills, worked with the team in walk-throughs and attended meetings.

                      "It’s frustrating, because you know, you just feel like you can go or you know you just feel like you can do much more than the trainers or the coaches are giving you," Gurley said. "But, they are just trying to protect you and they’ve been through this, they have years of experience. So, no need to rush it."

                      So far, at least, Gurley is remaining patient, though Fisher expects there to come a time when Gurley begins campaigning to do more and push the envelope.

                      "That’ll become a problem eventually I’m quite sure," Fisher said.

                      For now, Gurley and the Rams are sticking to the plan.
                      -08-05-2015, 11:39 AM
                    • MauiRam
                      Todd Gurley could be Los Angeles’ next big star 
                      by MauiRam
                      By Rich Hammond

                      OXNARD >> If, as the saying goes, stars are made, not born, what about those who are relocated?

                      Todd Gurley is poised to be the next big thing in Southern California sports. The Rams running back still might go unrecognized walking down local streets, particularly when his trademark shoulder-length dreadlocks are pulled back, but given his recent face time on national TV, that seems certain to change.

                      “Carl’s Jr.,” teammate Benny Cunningham said with a wry grin after a recent practice. “That’s his new nickname. You should call him that. He will like that.”

                      Gurley has received copious good-natured ribbing for his role as as a burger-pitcher. In the commercial, Gurley — who speaks only a few words — is greeted by an agent and selfie-taking admirers as he coolly strolls through an office while wearing a hat with a generic “L.A.’’ logo.

                      “Welcome to California, Todd Gurley,” shouts the agent, played by actor/comedian Jay Mohr.

                      And welcome, perhaps, to a void that needs to be filled, that of major Southern California sports icon.

                      Kobe Bryant has retired after an iconic 20-year career with the Lakers. Clayton Kershaw arguably is the best pitcher in baseball, but many viewers can’t even watch Dodger games. The Angels’ Mike Trout is highly marketable but seems reticent to display charisma in a public way. The top players for the Kings and Ducks are more likely to pitch products in Canada.

                      Chris Paul is a contender, but at best he’s a very good player on a good Clippers team, and that franchise still is attempting to dribble out of the Lakers’ shadow.

                      The throne has been vacated, and Gurley can fill it. He’s telegenic, intelligent, community-minded and is coming off a 2015 rookie season in which he rushed for the third-most yards in the NFL (1,106).

                      It also doesn’t hurt that Gurley is represented by Roc Nation Sports, the agency founded by music star Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter.

                      “The region is looking for someone to embrace,” said David Carter, Executive Director of USC’s Sports Business Institute, “and not only because football is back but because Kobe Bryant’s presence will be diminished. And as long as the Dodgers struggle to get their bearings on TV, their stars will not have as constant a light shone on them. All of this makes his timing ideal.”

                      There’s only one question: Is this market ready to accept Gurley as a hometown hero? As of now, three months before the start of the NFL season, Gurley remains an outsider, and something of a quiet one.

                      Bryant arrived as a teenager and grew up here. Shaquille O’Neal and Manny Ramirez were imported, but announced their arrivals with boisterous enthusiasm. Gurley? He’s been placed gently on Southern California’s porch like a FedEx package from St. Louis. The locals are just beginning to unwrap him.

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