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    Rams RB Gurley says knee 'feeling pretty good'

    3:26 PM PT
    Lindsey Thiry ESPN

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Running back Todd Gurley reported Monday for the first day of the Los Angeles Rams' voluntary workout program prepared to answer numerous questions about the status of his left knee.

    "It's feeling pretty good," Gurley said. "Taking it day by day."

    Gurley said there was "not really" any discussion about the possibility of an offseason procedure on his knee, and that his immediate focus was on the present when asked if a long-term management plan was in place.

    "All I need to worry about is how I'm feeling right now," Gurley said. "I don't know how I'm going to be feeling six months from now. So like I said, just kind of keep working hard, doing what I've been doing these past couple of years."

    When asked if he was able to confirm reports that he had a degenerative knee or arthritis, Gurley avoided any such label.

    "I mean, all I can focus on is how I'm doing right now," Gurley said. "Feeling pretty good, like I said, taking it day by day and just trying to get better, get ready for the next season."

    Gurley's left knee, which was surgically repaired in 2014, kept him sidelined for Weeks 16 and 17, after he rushed for 1,251 yards and scored a league-best 21 touchdowns in 14 games.

    Gurley returned for the playoffs and rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown in a divisional-round win over the Dallas Cowboys.

    However, his performances in the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl LIII led to continued speculation that his knee continued to cause discomfort.

    Against the New Orleans Saints in the conference title game, he gained only 13 total yards on five touches. And in a loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, he rushed for 35 yards on 10 carries.

    Rams coach Sean McVay said Monday that Gurley, who last July signed a four-year, $60 million extension, would remain a central part of the offense.

    "Todd has shown that he is capable of carrying the workload," McVay said of Gurley, who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. "Todd is a guy that's been a focal point of this offense. He's going to continue to be."

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    Bottom line is that moving forward there is a definite concern about the condition of his knee. And that has the potential to impact his career and threaten our season. All the "fluff" and questions designed to elicit these feel-good responses don't change that fact.

    McVay says "Todd has shown that he is capable of carrying the workload". Not in the last two playoff games he didn't. A player the caliber of Gurley doesn't just no-show unless there is something wrong. This condition is obviously one that can flare up at any time, making it critical that we start to transition away from a "Gurley first" offensive approach. This is not to suggest we phase him out, but it DOES suggest that relying on him to the extent we have the past couple of seasons would be foolish.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post

      Bottom line is that moving forward there is a definite concern about the condition of his knee. And that has the potential to impact his career and threaten our season. All the "fluff" and questions designed to elicit these feel-good responses don't change that fact.

      McVay says "Todd has shown that he is capable of carrying the workload". Not in the last two playoff games he didn't. A player the caliber of Gurley doesn't just no-show unless there is something wrong. This condition is obviously one that can flare up at any time, making it critical that we start to transition away from a "Gurley first" offensive approach. This is not to suggest we phase him out, but it DOES suggest that relying on him to the extent we have the past couple of seasons would be foolish.

      That makes sense NJ, sadly. "...Oh, CJ Anderson, come back - COME BACK!"

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      • #4
        Originally posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
        Bottom line is that moving forward there is a definite concern about the condition of his knee. And that has the potential to impact his career and threaten our season. All the "fluff" and questions designed to elicit these feel-good responses don't change that fact.

        McVay says "Todd has shown that he is capable of carrying the workload". Not in the last two playoff games he didn't. A player the caliber of Gurley doesn't just no-show unless there is something wrong. This condition is obviously one that can flare up at any time, making it critical that we start to transition away from a "Gurley first" offensive approach. This is not to suggest we phase him out, but it DOES suggest that relying on him to the extent we have the past couple of seasons would be foolish.
        Well said. It's clear Gurley has a condition that can not be cured or corrected with surgery. It can be treated and managed at best. He is regrettably a wildcard for the remainder of his career. There will be times where he plays like an All-Pro, and times he can't play at all. For McVay to say he can still be the focal point of the offense seems almost delusional. How can he be the focal point of the offense if he can't even make it on the field, which we know is going to happen. Gurley put it in perspective, all he can do is take things day to day, and hope for the best.That's not a viable strategy for the offense. Plan B better be a good one.

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        • #5
          Seems like "feeling pretty good" in sports is akin, or even equivalent to 'don't ask, we'll see'.

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