Report: Todd Gurley has arthritis in knee

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Todd Gurley surely has something wrong with his left knee, no matter how aggressively the Rams will try to deny it. A new report has provided the first concrete diagnosis.

Jeff Howe of TheAthletic.com reports that Gurley has arthritis in the knee.

It’s the same knee that underwent an ACL repair in 2014. If the report is accurate, what will the Rams do about it? Coach Sean McVay discussed stem-cell treatment options for the knee this week at the Scouting Combine. If Gurley has arthritis that comes from a loss of cartilage, microfracture surgery presumably would be a possibility. However, the Rams have said that Gurley won’t have surgery.

The good news for Gurley, but the bad news for the Rams, is that Gurley’s contract gives him a high degree of financial security. As of the third day of the 2019 league year, he’ll have $34.5 million fully guaranteed and another $9.5 million still guaranteed for injury.

So the overriding question is whether and to what extent the Rams will get a return on their $45 million injury-guaranteed investment in Gurley. He generated more than 1,800 yards from scrimmage through the first 14 games of the year, but then it all started to fall apart for Gurley, with two missed regular-season games, a solid performance in the divisional round against Dallas, and two lackluster showings in the NFC title game and Super Bowl LIII.

51 responses to “Report: Todd Gurley has arthritis in knee

  1. As a Patriots fan, I wont say a thing because we just won the super bowl and it was hysterical when Bill had Tommy listed as probably for 14 years to screw with the league. But is it me, or shouldn’t the league conducted at least a basic investigation into whether or not the rams circumvented the injury report. They obviously left Gurley as “healthy” for game planning purposes. To me, that is actually worse than the Colts not reporting Andrew Luck’s rib injury.

  2. That sucks for him. Ongoing pain is no joke, especially being that young. For the Rams, that really hurts. The windows for champions can slam shut fast.

  3. He got paid and earned it. The rams have gotten years of production out of the guy. It would be nice if CJ in LA could fill us in more about the injury.

  4. Here are all of the notable big contracts for running backs:

    Todd Gurley: 4 years, 58M, 45M guaranteed:
    – Huge season in 2018 until he got hurt
    – Arthritic knee, 3 seasons left on deal, likely a part-time player going forward

    David Johnson: 3 years, 39M, 25M guaranteed:
    – Garbage year in 2018 for garbage team
    – 2 years remaining

    LeSean McCoy: 5 years, 40M, 18M guaranteed:
    – Was productive for 3 seasons
    – Fell off the wagon last season, unlikely to hitch back on this season
    – Probably the best case scenario for a long-term deal

    Lamar Miller: 4 years, 26M, 14M guaranteed:
    – Actually has been so-so for 3 seasons and could be so-so again this season
    – For that money, probably looking for better than average performance

    Devonta Freeman: 5 years, 41M, 17M guaranteed:
    – Played well when not hurt (which is never)

    Jerick McKinnon: 4 years, 30M, 18M guaranteed:
    – Somehow got a top-shelf contract despite never being a lead back and never showing any kind of durability or consistency
    – Matt Breida just put up a season better than McKinnon has ever done
    – Laughably bad contract that somehow worked out worse than expected

    Moral of the story: Based on history, Rams will either get zero production from Gurley or 2-3 years of mediocre production as a part-time player. Marshall Faulk from 2003-5 is probably a good barometer.

  5. “I never understood the rush to give him the big contract after just three years, he wasn’t going anywhere.”

    Didn’t want a Le’Veon Bell situation. Of course, now they have a Todd Gurley situation.

  6. I am a fan of a division rival but feel for Gurley on this. Superstar talent, sounds like pretty good dude but arthritis is absolutely no joke. My aunt had to deal with this and at times she would need a wheel chair and the treatments are neverending. The good thing is he has the money to be set for life and NFL access to medical treatments.

  7. amurdora says:
    March 2, 2019 at 9:58 am
    That’s a long life to live with knee pain like that.
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    I played football, and you’re right. I’ve been doing so for 53 years and need a knee replacement, as I cannot walk without pain.

  8. Durability matters more than ability sometimes.
    And that’s a shame because durability can’t be taught.
    Then again, neither can elite athleticism so I guess it’s par for the field.

  9. Mike Shanahan had a reputation for overuse of his running backs. McVay from that same WCO line appears to have the same problem. The first 8 games of this year Gurley had 202 touches (171 rush, 31 rec). Which put him on pace for 404 touches on the year. Much like the Super Bowl, if there is a person to blame here, it’s McVay.

  10. They knew that knee was a risk when they drafted him. Now they are paying the price for drafting him and giving him that huge deal.

    For Gurley’s sake, I don’t care if he ever plays again. I do wish he can get his knee fixed. He has a long life ahead of him and arthritis in the knee is no joke.

  11. kensilisacrook says:
    March 2, 2019 at 10:27 am
    amurdora says:
    March 2, 2019 at 9:58 am
    That’s a long life to live with knee pain like that.
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    I played football, and you’re right. I’ve been doing so for 53 years

    If you’ve been playing football for 53 years, that’s a pretty good run. You and Tom Brady will be the only ones listed in that trivia question down the road.

  12. All major surgeries to major points of the body develop arthritis, it’s another point if he can tolerate it or not. There are a lot of products out there to counter arthritis pain, but even bengay is probably banned by the nfl.

  13. ikeclanton says:
    March 2, 2019 at 10:36 am

    If you’ve been playing football for 53 years, that’s a pretty good run. You and Tom Brady will be the only ones listed in that trivia question down the road.

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    QB-K George Blanda played in the NFL til age 48. Blanda played pro football in 4 different decades (one of only two players to do this – K John Carney being the other).

  14. He’s going to have to have one of those quiet microfracture procedures eventually and hope it works. They either somewhat fix the problem (see Clowney), or they end your career (see many more examples). Feel for the dude, and the people saying the Rams should have known and other nonsense are stupid. Ligament tears don’t necessarily lead to this. It’s just the luck of the draw. They were doing the right thing by paying the most important piece to their offense obviously after we all saw Goff on the big stage, and it’s going to end up biting them in the rear.

  15. arthritis in the knee is no joke
    Never played football have it both knees from basketball in my youth and some days getting out of bed is challenge
    The only up side is you when the weather is changing before anyone else

  16. This team desperately needs:
    A Good – not great – TE – who is a threat to opposing D’s.
    A solid scat Back – who catches the ball well out of the backfield – think James White, Tarik Cohen
    A big Imposing Highly skilled WR. Someone like Allen Robinson or Michael Thomas size

    They missed Cupp alot, but I’m not sure he is the answer. Woods and COoks are great, but they aren’t scaring any DBs or winning jump balls in the end zone.

  17. Stem cell treatment? Not against it but remember when that very word used to set off conservatives? That used to be blasphemy but so was thinking the world orbited the sun.

  18. I’ve had arthritis for five years and I can assure anyone it’s extremely painful. Problem is that the side effects of the drugs they offer are worse than the disease. I wish him luck….

  19. LeVeon Bell is not getting paid now. Teams will be scared to give RBs big money.

  20. Sounds like a hidden injury scenario. He was available for the playoffs but wasn’t right. Now he has the only case of arthritis ever announced in the NFL. Curious.

  21. Damaged goods now they are stuck with that albatross of a contract and all the info being leaked hurts anu furture trade value. Old saying in the league nfl stands for not for long!

  22. Yeah, you always hate seeing something like this… I’m sure in a month or so we’ll be hearing about him getting stem cell injections in another country… Hopefully something will work for him.

  23. Gurley is a multi-millionaire…so I have ZERO pity for him.
    If an NFL owner said that he had arthritis, would NOT be saying things like “I hope he gets better” blah blah.
    If I were the Rams, I’d cut bait with Gurley as soon as they can handle the cap hit.

  24. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    March 2, 2019 at 12:11 pm
    LeVeon Bell is not getting paid now. Teams will be scared to give RBs big money.

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    Don’t worry Jets fan…..your Jets will overpay for him anyway

  25. History of winning teams says to never pay top of the market for a RB, it’s not necessary, but some teams just don’t get it….just ask BB.

  26. I have arthritis in my right knee and it’s stopped me from doing many things I enjoyed. Only hope is knee replacement. But I am 69 yrs. Good thing he is rich. I’m not.

  27. Stem cell is an alternative to micro fracture, both are not overwhelming successful. Micro fracture is about 2 year recovery and stem cell is relatively unknown. Rams are screwed for their all in 2019 either with a nonfunctional RB or trying to absorb his $21.8 dead cap sacrificing several good players, probably on D. What a stupid contract from Les for a RB, sorry Zeke and Bell, RB`s are not worth the risk, they fall of the cliff almost over night, aka Sean Alexander, every decent GM knows that. See what wonder genius can do know without such a loaded team.

  28. Can’t help but think the Rams are one of the only teams to my knowledge who overused their primary RB. Most teams have that second back to alleviate that workload and being who Gurley is is no excuse especially with his knee injury. Bringing Anderson in was too late if he wasn’t already a FA. The Rams have to think better and smarter.

  29. For some durability was a concern coming out of college. The Rams got some great years out of him.

    Durability: Serious durability concerns due to ankle, knee, hip and thigh injuries. Missed time with an ankle injury early in 2013 season, which never fully healed and was still bothering him during 2014 offseason. Also played through a thigh injury in 2013. Suffered torn ACL (left knee) in November, 2014 and missed remainder of season.

  30. navyvandal says:
    March 2, 2019 at 9:57 am
    As a Patriots fan, I wont say a thing because we just won the super bowl and it was hysterical when Bill had Tommy listed as probably for 14 years to screw with the league. But is it me, or shouldn’t the league conducted at least a basic investigation into whether or not the rams circumvented the injury report. They obviously left Gurley as “healthy” for game planning purposes. To me, that is actually worse than the Colts not reporting Andrew Luck’s rib injury.
    ———–
    A couple years ago during the AFCCG, Le’Veon Bell had a serious groin injury. It was so bad that he missed several practices during the week and could only play 6 snaps in the game. After the game, he told the media several times how badly he was hurt and that Tomlin and the Steelers knew about it. Goodell didn’t even investigate. Before that, the Colts hid Andrew Luck’s broken ribs and lacerated kidney from the injury report. Years later, the NFL is still “looking into it.” The bottom line is, if it’s not NE, Goodell doesn’t care.

  31. Don’t worry about his long term issues with arthritic knees. Post his NFL career Todd Gurley will certainly have 1 if not 2 total knee replacement surgeries. No more arthritis at that point and good news is the technology underpinnings of joint replacement procedures are rapidly advancing. It’s practically an out patient surgery.

  32. ‪Oh no, arthritis!! 🙄 Gimme a break! 70% of people w/ arthritis don’t even know it…bc they have no pain. The med prof makes you think it’s this grave disability. And if you believe it, you know what, you’re gonna act like you’re disabled. He’s gonna be ok…if he wants to be.‬

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