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    Todd Gurley has yet to run with injured knee
    Posted by Mike Florio on December 20, 2018, 9:32 PM EST

    Rams running back Todd Gurley has a knee injury, and there’s a chance he may not be able to play on Sunday.

    Gurley has yet to practice this week. Asked by reporters on Thursday whether he could play if the game were today, Gurley said, “That’s a tough question. I haven’t tried to run. So, yeah, that’s a tough question.”

    He nevertheless expressed optimism, despite the fact that he hasn’t yet tried to run.

    “I think I’ll be fine, man,” Gurley said. “Just taking it day-by-day recovering, resting, trying to feel better.”

    If he plays, it likely will happen without practice; he said he doesn’t plan on participating at all this week. He wants to play, obviously; however, he seems to recognize the chance that he won’t.

    “We’ve got a game to win,” Gurley said. “I’m pretty sure me being out there — if I can be out there — I would put this team in a good position to help them win. So why wouldn’t I be out there if I can play? In the situation that we are — we just lost two. We’re trying to get a first-round bye. That’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to win.”

    Coach Sean McVay has said he won’t risk Gurley’s availability for the postseason by playing him in the final two regular-season games, if he’s not healthy enough to play.

    He’s clearly not healthy enough to practice. At this point, he’s not even healthy enough to run.

  • #2
    There is no way I play Gurley the last two games of the season. He's obviously got issues, and needs to be ready, or as ready as possible for the playoffs. Shut him down for the rest of the regular season.


    • #3
      Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
      There is no way I play Gurley the last two games of the season. He's obviously got issues, and needs to be ready, or as ready as possible for the playoffs. Shut him down for the rest of the regular season.
      It's a tough balance.

      Without Gurley, the Rams could finish the year heading into the playoffs with a four game losing streak. Is that the kind of momentum that's going to propel them deep into the playoffs?

      Having said that, if you play Gurley when you've already locked up a post-season appearance, and he gets significantly hurt prior to the postseason, what chance do you have?

      I don't have a lot of faith in Kelly or Anderson running the ball, and while I think Goff will find his way out of his slump, I'm not sure he does it in a game where the opposition might not have to worry about the running game.

      It'll be interesting to see how McVay handles it.


      • #4
        I think my strategy would be to shut Gurley down this week, and if he is healthy next week, give him a balanced workload against San Fran.

        I don't really want any of our starters fully sitting out in Week 17.


        • #5
          I actually worry about losing Gurley's pass catching as that appears to be a critical check-down for Goff since losing Kupp. Fortunately AZ and SF aren't very stout in their secondary so Woods, Cooks and Reynolds should be able to keep the chains moving. If the loss of Gurley causes us to lose to either AZ or SF, then I must admit we aren't the contender I thought we were. Look at the Eagles last year and how after Wentz went down Foles got them a SB win. Give Gurley some rest and we should be OK. I think the past 2 games have us all a bit spooked.

          Go Rams!


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          • r8rh8rmike
            C.J. Anderson: Gurley Was 'More Hurt Than We Thought" When He Signed With Rams
            by r8rh8rmike
            C.J. Anderson says Todd Gurley was 'more hurt than what we thought' when he signed with the Rams

            Gurley barely saw the field in the playoffs, but the Rams have insisted that he was completely healthy

            by Sean Wagner-McGough
            15 hrs ago • 4 min read

            It's been two weeks since the Super Bowl and the mystery surrounding Todd Gurley's strange absence has yet to be cleared up.

            All along, the Rams have maintained that Gurley was healthy during the playoffs and attributed his lack of playing time to football reasons -- with Gurley saying he simply got out-played by C.J. Anderson in the NFC Championship Game and Sean McVay saying he didn't do a good enough job getting his star running back involved. To no one's surprise, neither of those responses have been considered satisfactory answers to the biggest mystery of the playoffs.

            On Tuesday, Anderson provided more support to the theory that Gurley was dealing with a knee injury during the playoffs, hence his decreased workload. During an appearance on FS1's "Undisputed," Anderson revealed that when he arrived in Los Angeles, Gurley was more hurt than anyone initially thought, including the Rams and Gurley.

            "He was more hurt than what we thought," Anderson said. "The injury was a little bit more than what everybody in the building thought, including himself."

            So what was the injury? Anderson described it as a sprained knee, but he couldn't call it that with any kind of certainty.

            "He'd never really tell me. It was tough. I would say sprained knee," Anderson said. "Obviously, it's the same knee injury he's had before in his career. Obviously, I had surgery on my meniscus and once you have a knee, you always have a knee. So it aggravates. If he was getting a lot of touches earlier in the year -- obviously, him being one of the best running backs that probably was the case."

            Gurley dealt with a knee injury at both the beginning and the end of the regular season, which led to the Rams sitting him for their final two games of the season and signing Anderson to fill in. Anderson played well in relief of Gurley in Weeks 16 and 17, rushing for 299 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams secured a first-round playoff bye.

            When it came time for their playoff run to begin against the Cowboys in the divisional round, Anderson and Gurley shared touches, and both of them thrived. Gurley rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries while Anderson racked up 123 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

            Gurley certainly looked healthy.


            But Gurley was almost entirely absent in the NFC title game, garnering four carries for 10 yards and dropping a couple of passes in the early going while Anderson carried the ball 16 times for 44 yards.

            -02-20-2019, 07:38 AM
          • Nick
            Where in the World is Todd Gurley?
            by Nick
            Forgive my weak attempt at a Carmen Sandiego reference, but I think the question needs to be asked again and again until we have an answer.

            Through the regular season, Gurley averaged 18.2 rushes per game and four receptions per game. In the playoffs, he rushed the ball ten times a game on average and caught four passes in three contests.

            This offense is built through Gurley. The strength of the running game is what makes play action so effective. Finding ways to get the ball in Gurley's hands should be priority number one for anyone making decisions about this offense, yet it seems like after his injury, and more specifically after the Dallas playoff win, Gurley just disappeared from the gameplan.

            There are some people across the internet - I know because I've seen the responses in the Twitter feeds of those who cover the Rams - who are abandoning ship on Gurley. I think it's way too soon for that kind of overreaction. But it really does make you wonder, in the biggest game of his career, why Sean McVay didn't do more to make Gurley a focal point of the gameplan.

            The Rams insist he's completely healthy, and Gurley does as well. I wouldn't be surprised, though, to find out in a couple of weeks that he had some nagging injury that needs cleaned up over the offseason. Still, it would be rather baffling if that's the case after so much insistence to the contrary.

            It kind of makes me wonder if there's something else going on behind the scenes, some kind of personal issue that Gurley is going through and the Rams have been trying to help him by easing his workload or not putting too much on his plate. I have no evidence or anything to base this off of, aside from just the mere speculation that will occur when someone who normally is so heavily part of a gameplan gets left behind so strangely.

            Either way, the Rams need to spend this offseason looking in the mirror and figuring out why, when all the chips were on the table, they kept their stud workhorse on the sidelines as much as they did. Maybe Gurley just needs an offseason away from football to get back to his normal self or to recover from whatever ails him. Let's hope that's the case, and we're not looking at the symptoms of a bigger problem here, either for Gurley or McVay....
            -02-04-2019, 04:04 AM
          • r8rh8rmike
            Gurley Sheds Non-Contact Beanie: 'I Can Do Everything'
            by r8rh8rmike
            Gurley sheds non-contact beanie: 'I can do everything'

            By Kevin Patra
            Around the NFL writer
            Published: Sept. 7, 2015 at 07:36 a.m.

            Todd Gurley won't play in Sunday's Week 1 opener, but the St. Louis Rams' running back is making strides.

            The first-round pick told the team's official website that he's shed the non-contact beanie he'd been wearing in practice.

            "I can do everything," Gurley said Sunday when asked about his practice limitations. "The beanie's off, so I'm good."

            Coach Jeff Fisher already ruled the running back out for this week's season kickoff versus the Seattle Seahawks. Gurley, returning from an ACL tear, said he understands why the team is being cautious, even if he's starving to play.

            "I definitely would want to be playing, but I know it's going to be a long journey," Gurley said. "You have to be patient and when the time comes it comes. I'll be ready for it."

            "I've been waiting this long, so why not wait a couple more weeks or so?" he added.

            Gurley was pegged as the centerpiece of the Rams' offense when drafted No. 10 overall out of Georgia. Most expect the rookie to see the field within the first month of the season, but the Rams will likely employ a committee approach as they ease Gurley back into action.

            By season's end, the Rams hope they can fully ride the man many draft analysts pegged as the best back to enter the NFL since Adrian Peterson. Patient fantasy football owners pray that's true, so they can also saddle him down the stretch of the make-believe playoff season.
            -09-07-2015, 11:29 AM
          • Nick
            Rams facing this painful question: Are Todd Gurley’s best years behind him?
            by Nick
            Rams facing this painful question: Are Todd Gurley’s best years behind him?
            By Vincent Bonsignore
            Mar 3, 2019

            INDIANAPOLIS​ — There is finally​ some​ clarity​ on the condition​ of Todd Gurley’s​ left knee,​ and the​ news over the​ weekend painted​​ a gloomy picture for the Rams’ star running back.

            On Friday, John Breech of CBS Sports reported that the Rams might consider stem cell treatment for Gurley’s knee, which was surgically repaired in 2014 after an ACL tear during his junior year at Georgia. On Saturday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reported that recent tests have revealed Gurley is dealing with arthritis in the knee.

            Both revelations cast doubt on the future of Gurley, who signed a four-year contract extension worth $60 million last summer that takes him through the 2023 season and guarantees him $45 million.

            With head coach Sean McVay talking about putting a plan in place to manage Gurley’s workload and general manager Les Snead pondering the potential need to add another running back alongside him, a dreaded question the Rams and their fans never wanted to contemplate is now absolutely valid.

            Are Gurley’s best years behind him?

            Since arthritis is a common occurrence in knees that have been surgically repaired, it is possible Gurley could be suffering from the condition. An orthopedic surgeon, speaking anonymously to The Athletic, said: “When you use the words arthritis in a knee that had an ACL back in college, that’s the connection. You’ve lost the alignment, and the tires are wearing out prematurely.”

            If that is indeed the case, it creates an ominous situation for Gurley based on multiple doctors consulted, including Dr. Jesse Morse of Florida Orthopedic Specialists.

            “Without personally examining him, my answers will obviously be very generalized, but unfortunately I believe Gurley has peaked and will not be able to repeat his record-breaking effectiveness,” Dr. Morse said. “He could possibly have one to two more years of elite top-five running back talent, but he will likely lose a step.”

            Publicly and privately, the Rams are not indicating anything more beyond the recent comments by McVay and Snead that Gurley was dealing with “wear and tear” issues late in the season.

            McVay said this week at the NFL Scouting Combine that surgery is not planned for Gurley. According to the doctors consulted by The Athletic, Gurley clearly has a condition that requires management rather than an injury that needs surgery.

            As far as stem cell treatment — which some doctors insist is a radical and not-yet-proven treatment that should be approached cautiously — Rams sources said no such course of action has been discussed within the organization.

            McVay and Snead have talked about putting a plan in place that will help keep Gurley...
            -03-04-2019, 06:17 AM
          • r8rh8rmike
            Any Concerns About Gurley?
            by r8rh8rmike
            I know reports are that the ankle injury was nothing serious, but it was enough to keep Gurley from getting a substantial workload, and ankle injuries can be problematic, and linger. Word from the Rams was that he "should" be good to go in week 13. Hopefully it is indeed minor, and he'll have full confidence to go 100% on it. We need Gurley running on all cylinders to finish the season. The bye week couldn't have come at a better time.
            -11-22-2018, 02:33 PM