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Todd Gurley passes physical with Falcons despite knee injury history

Todd Gurley has had knee troubles since college, and that is one of the reasons the Los Angeles Rams decided to part ways with him this offseason. The Atlanta Falcons medical staff, however, does not seem concerned about the star running back’s health.

Gurley finally took his physical with the Falcons on Monday after they reached an agreement with him two months ago, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. The 25-year-old passed.

While that does not mean Gurley will avoid another knee injury going forward, it is obviously a good sign. The Falcons signed him to a deal that will allow him to make up to $6 million this season, which was a decent indicator that they were not concerned about his health.

Gurley’s knee became a topic of discussion once again last month when Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter made some troubling remarks about the running back’s health. There were also reports as recently as March that indicated the knee was still a major issue for Gurley, but apparently there is no structural damage.

After he averaged 4.8 yards per carry and scored 30 touchdowns in 2017 and 2018 combined, Gurley failed to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark last season and averaged just 3.8 yards per carry in 15 games. He also faded down the stretch in the 2018 playoffs, but the Falcons are hoping he will come into camp looking fresh.

Matt Ryan comes away impressed after working with Todd Gurley

The relationship between Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and new running back Todd Gurley appears to be off to a very good start.

Ryan and Gurley recently spent time together in California, and that left the Falcons quarterback raving about Gurley’s work ethic and ability to learn quickly.

“I’ve gotten to work with Todd and he’s awesome,” Ryan told ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. “Really, really good guy. A hard worker. He’s super-smart. The stuff I was telling him one day, the next day he had it done. I was really impressed with his ability to retain information. You don’t have to tell him twice. He’s on it.”

The early returns here are good. We know what Gurley can do when he’s healthy; in 2017 and 2018, he rushed for a combined 2,556 yards and scored 30 rushing touchdowns. The big question is whether his history of knee injuries will continue to hinder him. Ryan can’t answer that right now. In fact, neither can Gurley’s coaches, which is slightly worrisome.

Falcons OC makes troubling comments about Todd Gurley’s health

The Atlanta Falcons signed Todd Gurley to a contract this offseason that is worth up to $6 million, and many took that to mean they are confident the star running back’s knee issues are under control. Apparently that is not the case.

Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter made some very surprising remarks about Gurley’s health on Thursday, basically admitting that the team is unsure of how healthy the 25-year-old is. Koetter said the Falcons will have to “find out (Gurley’s) health after he gets here.”

It’s not a secret that Gurley has had knee problems since college. That’s likely the main reason the Los Angeles Rams decided to move on from him, but Falcons fans can’t feel good about the fact that their team seems less than confident that Gurley is now healthy.

One report we heard back in March indicated that Gurley’s knee is still a major issue. The Falcons almost certainly won’t expect him to handle a full workload, but they’re paying Gurley $3.5 million guaranteed. That’s a lot of money for a player you are unsure about.

Todd Gurley says Rams likely using coronavirus as excuse to not pay him

Todd Gurley says he’s still waiting on the money that he’s owed by the Los Angeles Rams.

Gurley, now with the Atlanta Falcons, is owed a $7.55 million roster bonus after being released in March. He says he still hasn’t received the money he is owed. In an appearance on Uninterrupted, Gurley said he felt the Rams were using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse not to pay up.

“I don’t know what their reason is,” Gurley said, via Mike Chiari of Bleacher Report. “They know they have to pay me too. Apparently probably just using the COVID thing as an excuse. They probably ain’t go no money to be paying nobody. They’ve got that stadium being built right now. All I know is, come June 1, I better have my money.”

Gurley has made light of the situation, but it’s pretty obviously bugging him. You can hardly blame him for that — the Rams have had a month and a half to pay him what he’s owed, and they might as well just get it done.

Deion Sanders clarifies stance on Todd Gurley wearing No. 21

Deion Sanders

No, Deion Sanders does not actually have a problem with Todd Gurley wearing No. 21 with the Atlanta Falcons.

Gurley had said in an interview that Sanders warned against wearing the number, but Gurley opted to take it anyway. When one fan said on Twitter that it seemed the Falcons were trying to erase Sanders’ legacy, the man himself stepped in to clarify that he was joking and had no issue with Gurley taking the number.

It’s easy to see how this turned into a controversy, and it’s good that Sanders is putting it to rest. Gurley likely sees it as a way to honor Sanders, and Sanders doesn’t have a problem with it after all.

Deion Sanders warned Todd Gurley not to wear No. 21 with Falcons

Deion Sanders

Todd Gurley has a new uniform number with the Atlanta Falcons, and he’s doing it over the objections of a franchise icon.

Gurley said he would wear No. 21 for the Falcons in 2020. That’s the same number Deion Sanders wore during his tenure in Atlanta, and Gurley said he’s taking the number over Sanders’ objections.

“Prime was hatin’ on me. He told me don’t wear it,” Gurley told The Midday Show with Andy and Randy on Atlanta’s 92.9 The Game. “If I was Prime, I wouldn’t want nobody be wearing my number either.”

Deion is an icon, and Gurley knows it. The number is there to be taken, though, and isn’t exclusive to Sanders. It may just be Gurley’s way of paying homage to the two-sport star.

Sanders can at least look on the bright side. He definitely has more cool jackets than Gurley does.

Todd Gurley says he’s ‘still that guy’ amid questions about health

Todd Gurley

Is Todd Gurley still a star running back? He certainly hasn’t lost any faith in himself.

The two-time All-Pro has seen his stock drop significantly in the past year or so amid growing concerns about the health of his knee. In 2019, he rushed for 857 yards on the season, the worst mark of his career. Gurley himself has no worries about his continued effectiveness after joining the Atlanta Falcons.

“I know I’m still that guy,” Gurley said, via Will McFadden of the team’s official website. “I’ve been doing this my whole life. It’s just football.”

Part of the issue is the knee, which is reportedly still in bad shape. That more than anything else may prevent Gurley from being the star back he once was. He’s not lacking in confidence, though, and his hope will be a return to excellence in Atlanta.

Todd Gurley reiterates that he needs his money from Rams

Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley was criticized by a former Rams player earlier this week for publicly airing a grievance about some bonus money the team owes him, but the star running back still wants it to be known that he would like his check.

Gurley shared a funny meme on Instagram recently to make light of the fact that the Rams owe him a $7.55 million roster bonus, but he is quite serious about wanting to be paid. He made that clear when asked about the money on Friday.

Gurley also tagged the Rams in a tweet and said his money is “past due.” Former Rams quarterback Jim Everett ripped Gurley for the way he is handling the situation, but perhaps Gurley has some bitterness toward his former team after he was released.

Whatever the case, the Rams are going to have to pay Gurley the $7.55 million if it is owed. He could let his agent handle the logistics, but he apparently wants people to know what’s going on. Former Rams linebacker Clay Matthews also claims he is owed money from the team.

If true, that is not a good look for the Rams.

Ex-Rams QB Jim Everett blasts Todd Gurley for airing bonus grievance on Twitter

Todd Gurley

The Los Angeles Rams still owe Todd Gurley a large sum of money even after releasing him, and the star running back made that known publicly with a post on social media Sunday night. Former Rams quarterback Jim Everett found that move extremely unprofessional.

Gurley wrote on Twitter that the Rams are “past due” and asked them to send him his $7.55 million roster bonus ASAP. He also shared a funny meme on Instagram to make light of the situation. Everett did not see the humor in it, and he blasted Gurley for airing his grievances on social media.

For what it’s worth, Gurley apparently is not the only former Rams player who is owed money by the team. Free agent linebacker Clay Matthews indicated he is in the same boat.

Gurley will almost certainly get his money at some point, but the fact that he put the Rams on blast could indicate his relationship with his former team is not in the best place. It makes sense that L.A. cut ties with him given all the injury concerns, but guaranteed money is guaranteed money.

Todd Gurley jokes about money Rams owe him

Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley may have a new team, but he has not forgotten about his old one.

The Los Angeles Rams on Thursday released Gurley in order to save over $10 million they would have owed him. He will still count for $17 million in dead cap money this season to the Rams, who also owe the running back a $7.55 million roster bonus.

Gurley made light of that with an Instagram post on Sunday night.

Gurley’s former teammate Aaron Donald joked about collecting $5,000 that the running back owes him.

Gurley is now with the Falcons after signing a one-year deal with them on Friday. Atlanta may feel they got a steal, but concerns about Gurley’s knee persist, meaning he remains a risk.