Todd Gurley had his best game in months against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night, providing encouragement as the Los Angeles Rams head into the stretch run.
Gurley’s performance — and his apparent health — are good signs, and according to coach Sean McVay, may lead to more touches for the running back going forward.
“I think so,” McVay said when asked if Gurley would have a bigger role moving forward, via Lindsey Thiry of ESPN. “That’s an ideal situation. Anytime you get Todd involved like that, it’s usually always a good thing for our offense.”
Gurley entered Sunday night’s game having failed to get 20 carries in a game all season. The Rams gave him 25, blowing away his previous season-high of 18. Part of his limited usage has been the Rams’ clear concern about the health of his left knee. So far, it appears to be holding up successfully.
The Rams may have gone easy on Gurley in terms of workload early in the season so he’d be fresh and able to take on a bigger role for a playoff run. If that was the plan, it seems to be working out well so far.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley took a shot at the NCAA with a T-shirt he wore when speaking with the media on Thursday.
Gurley, who played college ball at Georgia from 2012-2014, had a shirt that spelled out NCAA and had an acronym that said “Not Concerned About Athletes.”
It’s trendy to take shots at the NCAA, but Gurley has more of a personal case against the organization than others.
Gurley was suspended during his junior season in 2014 for being paid to sign autographs. He only played in six games that year.
Under California’s new “Fair Pay to Play Act,” which doesn’t go into effect until 2023, some college athletes would be able to profit off their image and likeness.
People love to bash the NCAA, but they also ignore all the great things college football players are provided, such as debt-free educations that can be valued at around $250,000, meal plans, top health and strength care, athletic clothing, and monetary stipends. Despite the NCAA’s rigidity and pitfalls, many college athletes do receive a good deal. You just won’t hear that from Gurley.
There have been questions about the health of Todd Gurley dating back to last season when his knee was bothering him late in the year, but it is a relatively new injury that could force him to miss Sunday’s important divisional game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Gurley left last Thursday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks with a quad injury, and he has not practiced this week because of it. His status for Sunday’s game is considered “up in the air,” Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
While the injury is not considered serious, the Rams are likely to play it safe with any Gurley ailment after the way he seemed to wear down last season. They matched an offer sheet for Malcolm Brown last offseason and spent a third-round draft pick on former Memphis star Darrell Henderson with a goal of helping to manage Gurley’s workload, so it would not be a surprise if he missed a game.
Gurley has yet to have 20 touches in a game this season, and there were reports early in the year that the Rams are legitimately concerned about how his arthritic knee will hold up. The former Georgia star has still managed to score five touchdowns and is averaging 4.2 yards per carry, but the Rams are understandably doing everything they can to protect his long-term health.
The Los Angeles Rams are 3-1 after losing Sunday at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 55-40, and they face a short week as they travel to Seattle on Thursday. One person who definitely is not happy about the trip is Todd Gurley.
The Rams running back said after Sunday’s loss that he wasn’t looking forward to the game because Thursday night games “are the dumbest thing ever.”
Thursday night games historically put road teams at a disadvantage. They have very little time to prepare for their opponent and lose even more of that time due to travel, unlike the home team, which doesn’t have to deal with that inconvenience. Additionally, players only have three days of recovery before playing again, which isn’t nearly enough time for their bodies to get better, often resulting in a lower quality of play and some injuries.
Gurley is far from alone on the opinion; several players have criticized the game for the aforementioned reasons.
Running back Todd Gurley’s touches have been closely monitored this season on account of his ongoing knee troubles, but coach Sean McVay is holding out hope he can get back to where he was in 2018.
Gurley, particularly early in the 2018 season, was regularly afforded 25 touches per game or more. That has yet to happen this season, as Gurley hasn’t even seen 20 touches in any of the Los Angeles Rams’ first three games.
McVay offered some hope that Gurley’s usage may increase as the season goes on.
As gifted as the 25-year-old running back is, the Rams clearly have legitimate concerns about the health of his knee. To be clear, he isn’t appearing on injury reports or anything like that, but it has been an ongoing problem. McVay is trying to be optimistic, but the reality is the Rams aren’t eager to overwork their running back.
Todd Gurley’s knee looks set to become an ongoing story this season, with the Los Angeles Rams running back still a definite health worry.
According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, the Rams have “no idea” how Gurley’s knee will respond in Week 1 or at any point in the season, and are essentially flying blind.
It’s not exactly great news. Gurley floundered down the stretch and played a lesser role in the playoffs, with his trainer citing an “arthritic component” to Gurley’s knee issues. The Rams have suggested that his workload will be limited this year in response.
Despite back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and 30 touchdowns over a two-year span, there are real and clear concerns about how healthy the 25-year-old can remain going forward, and it’s only Week 1.
Todd Gurley showed love to Utah Jazz emerging star Donovan Mitchell.
The Los Angeles Rams running back was wearing a Mitchell jersey when speaking with the media on Monday. According to Rams reporter Stu Jackson, Gurley said the two had become “recent friends,” so the running back wanted to support his new buddy.
That’s a nice tribute from Gurley to Mitchell.
Gurley, 25, had 1,251 rushing yards last year and led the league with 17 rushing touchdowns and 4.9 yards per carry. He is dealing with arthritis in his knee and hoping to work past that. Mitchell, who turns 23 in early September, is entering his third season in the NBA. He made the All-Rookie team in his first season and averaged 23.8 points per game last season.
The Los Angeles Rams have been playing things cautiously with Todd Gurley as they progress through training camp, and head coach Sean McVay sounds optimistic about the running back.
McVay says Gurley is “feeling really good” and looking like the elite player he is, according to a quote shared by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Sunday.
Gurley will not be playing in preseason games and has been receiving limited reps in camp.
Gurley has made the Pro Bowl and led the NFL in rushing touchdowns the last two seasons. However, he wasn’t much of a factor in the NFC Championship Game and hardly did anything in the Super Bowl. There was persistent chatter about a potential knee issue, which was later confirmed by Gurley’s trainer.
McVay said as far back as April that the Rams would manage Gurley’s workload this season. They have stuck to that promise so far. Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson may see action behind Gurley this season.
Training camps across the NFL are well underway and the battles are beginning to play out. There are many reasons to pay attention to what happens on the practice field. There can be significant injuries, players who are surprising, others who don’t look sharp, and those who are putting their stamp on a job. There are also comeback stories and players to watch for a whole host of reasons.
Here are ten players whose training camp performance bears watching closely.
Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
After missing all of the 2017 season with a shoulder injury, Andrew Luck returned in 2018 and put on a show. He bounced back with 39 touchdown passes and a career-best 430 completions and 67.3 completion percentage while leading the Colts to a 10-6 record and playoff appearance. Everything looked good for 2019, but now Luck is dealing with a calf injury that has kept him out of minicamp and the start of training camp. The Colts better hope Luck is healthy in time for Week 1. If not, it would be Jacoby Brissett time.
Todd Gurley is facing some questions entering the 2019 NFL season relating to his knee. Despite those questions, the Los Angeles Rams running back does not feel like he has anything to prove.
In an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio Tuesday, Gurley was asked if he believes he can prove the doubters wrong this year the same way he did when he was coming off knee surgery in college. He essentially said he doesn’t believe there is any need to.
“I don’t have anything to prove,” Gurley told Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt. “I’ve been doing this my whole life. It’s like the same stuff for me over and over and I keep doing the same old thing and just play my game, honestly. I just try to be as good of a teammate as a I can and just try to help my team, honestly.”
Aside from a couple of big games down the stretch, Gurley seemed to wear down as the season went on last year. He was essentially a non-factor in the Super Bowl, and Rams coach Sean McVay has acknowledged that the team needs to do a better job of managing the 24-year-old’s workload. That is probably a big reason why Los Angeles used a third-round draft pick on former Memphis star Darrell Henderson.
Gurley’s trainer recently shared some info about the running back’s knee that might cause concern among fans, but Gurley does not seem worried.