Todd Gurley a non-factor early in Super Bowl
Todd Gurley was a non-factor early in the Super Bowl on Sunday, sparking further concern about his health.
Gurley suffered a knee injury in the Los Angeles Rams’ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15. He then sat out the team’s final two regular season games before returning for the playoffs.
Against the Cowboys, Gurley rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown, but CJ Anderson saw more carries in that game. The split was even more heavily in Anderson’s favor against the Saints, with Anderson getting 16 carries to Gurley’s four, and Gurley saying he deserved to be benched.
Through a quarter and a half of the Super Bowl, Anderson had four carries compared to one for Gurley.
If Anderson were playing well and breaking off big runs, keeping him in would make sense. But he wasn’t, making Gurley’s absence even more pronounced.
CBS later reported that Gurley was favoring his knee, though the Rams said there was nothing to note about his status. Fans and viewers will say otherwise — there’s no reason Anderson would be getting more action than Gurley if the former first-round pick were at 100 percent.