When the Rams placed running back Todd Gurley on the active roster at the start of training camp, the message sent was clear: His torn ACL is fine.
With the regular-season opener roughly a month away, the message is now less clear.
“I don’t know,” Gurley told Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt of SiriusXM NFL radio regarding whether the 10th overall pick in the draft will be ready to go for Week One against the Seahawks. “Hopefully within the next couple weeks I’ll be able to do something else and keep progressing,” Gurley said.
He has been engaged only in individual drills, with no participation in 11-on-11 plays. And Gurley has no problem with patience.
“Whether it’s Week Five or Week One, 10 years from now nobody is going to remember what you did the first five games,” Gurley said.
Gurley has the right mindset, but he’s wrong about the potential impact a rookie can make. Plenty of guys have made a memorable impact right out of the gates, and the details were forgotten only because the players followed those initial great performances with so many that it became commonplace.