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    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 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.

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    Todd Gurley Expected To Start Camp On Rams' NFI List
    by r8rh8rmike
    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.
    -07-21-2015, 02:04 PM
  • 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.

    ďIt'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.Ē

    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
  • 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 itís a common sense, medical approach," coach Jeff Fisher said. "That includes everybody. Weíre 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 coachís standpoint, but collectively from (director of sports medicine and performance) Reggie (Scott) and through the doctors and everybody.Ē

    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.

    "Itís 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 theyíve 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.

    "Thatíll become a problem eventually Iím quite sure," Fisher said.

    For now, Gurley and the Rams are sticking to the plan.
    -08-05-2015, 11:39 AM
  • r8rh8rmike
    Rams' Todd Gurley Focused On Making Mental Adjustment
    by r8rh8rmike
    Rams' Todd Gurley focused on making mental adjustment

    Nick Wagoner, ESPN St. Louis Rams reporter

    EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Standing on the sidelines as his rookie St. Louis Rams teammates went through the paces of their orientation over the weekend, running back Todd Gurley couldn't help but find himself popping into the occasional huddle.

    As Gurley works on recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, he's going to be limited throughout the team's offseason conditioning program. So while fellow rookie backs Malcolm Brown and Terrence Franks took reps during the two on-field sessions Friday and Saturday, Gurley intently watched and did his best to pick up pieces of information about his new offense.

    "I'm just gaining mental reps, basically just making sure I know whatís going on," Gurley said. "Just listening to the play calls and making sure in my head that Iíve got it down. Just go through the plays in the back by myself thatís always a good thing. Just walking through it while everybody else they have got this whole offense going, Iím in the back trying to make sure Iím on my stuff."

    Having just arrived in St. Louis with his rookie teammates, Gurley is still new to the Rams' playbook and is quick to acknowledge that there's much to learn before he'll be ready to go. Of course, that's only half the battle for Gurley as he goes through what figures to be a strenuous rehab.

    Gurley said he's been running for the past couple of months and can do some other drills like running the ladder but isn't yet cleared to do some of the change of direction drills and other things required of an NFL running back.

    In the meantime, the Rams have a detailed plan of what they want from Gurley in the coming weeks and no intention of forcing him back on the field a single moment before he's ready.

    ďHeís in the meetings," coach Jeff Fisher said. "Heís learning the offense. Heís killing the rehab. Heís paying attention in the walk-thrus. Heís meeting his teammates. There were a lot of vets in here on Thursday when the guys got here. Heís excited to be here. Heíll definitely know what to do when heís able to get out there.Ē

    As for when that might happen, Gurley doesn't want to venture a guess at this point. He says his mission is to show up on time every day and just set about doing whatever is asked of him in a given day.

    "I would want to be back as soon as possible," Gurley said. "But Iím not a doctor or a therapist so I canít really tell you when Iíll be back. Iím just taking it day by day really."
    -05-11-2015, 01:53 PM
  • 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