Todd Gurley’s left knee “feeling pretty good”

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Todd Gurley avoided specifics about his left knee Monday, allowing only that “it’s feeling pretty good.”

It certainly appeared Gurley had something more than inflammation in his knee late last season, and Jeff Howe of TheAthletic.com reported last month that the Rams running back has arthritis.

“I mean, all I can focus on is how I’m doing right now,” Gurley said when asked about the report, via Lindsey Thiry of ESPN. “Feeling pretty good, like I said, taking it day by day and just trying to get better, get ready for the next season.”

Gurley missed the final two regular-season games with “knee inflammation” before gaining 118 yards from scrimmage against the Cowboys in the divisional round. He then played a complementary role the rest of the way.

Although he didn’t appear on the injury report before the NFC Championship Game or the Super Bowl, Gurley had only 16 touches for 47 yards and one touchdown in those two games combined.

Gurley answered “not really” when asked if there was discussion about an offseason procedure on his knee, and he was not ready to address any long-term management plan.

“All I need to worry about is how I’m feeling right now,” Gurley said. “I don’t know how I’m going to be feeling six months from now. So like I said, just kind of keep working hard, doing what I’ve been doing these past couple of years.”

Rams coach Sean McVay repeated what he said Friday: Gurley will remain the “focal point” of the team’s offense. Still, the Rams matched the offer Malcolm Brown received from the Lions as a restricted free agent, with C.J. Anderson leaving for the Lions as a free agent.

“Todd is a guy that’s been a focal point of this offense,’ McVay said, via quotes distributed by the team. “He’s going to continue to be. Really, what resulted in [a two-back approach at the end of last year], was because [Gurley] was forced to miss some games at the end of the year, and we wanted to be smart about managing that load. Todd has shown that he can handle that. How we navigate through a season, it’s hard to say, but we anticipate like we said the other day, [Gurley] being the focal point of our offense. Unless I’m told otherwise, he’s a pretty versatile back, and we’re going to continue to utilize all of his skill sets.”

26 responses to “Todd Gurley’s left knee “feeling pretty good”

  1. Of that is all he can say about the knee, the Rams have a major problem! If in fact he does have arthritis in the knee he will not be effective and his career may be over.

  2. Yes, Gurley made the same statement before the Super Bowl related to his knee. He apparently has a chronic inflammatory issue that will remain until a surgical intervention is performed. Hate it for him but probably due to overuse syndrome. You can only manage with rest and injections for so long. Better have a good RB by committee plan in place.

  3. Sounds like there isn’t much to be done with the knee.
    It is what it is.
    Live with it, and play as long as and often as you can.
    But it doesn’t look like he’s gonna be around much longer.

  4. Team needed him. And that if he really went to play the Super Bowl. Then they could had turned the game around. Just hope he can get it fixed. Health before football IMHO!

  5. Gurley will be the focus until his degenerative knee makes it bleary. They’ve mortgaged the future, and the 49ers are about to foreclose on them.

  6. So… the Patriots correctly list Brady’s minor injury on the injury report week after week and people cry foul.

    The Steelers deliberately hide Bell’s major injury before the AFCCG AGAINST NE. The Rams deliberately hide Gurley’s major injury AGAINST NE in the SB. No one says anything. Crickets…

  7. They’ve mortgaged the future, and the 49ers are about to foreclose on them.

    You’re kidding right? Rams have a ton of talent and a good front office. Meanwhile the 9ers overpaid for a backup QB that isn’t ever on the field. I don’t see how they mortgaged their future other than rewarding a good player that might not be as effective

  8. Draft a rookie running back, pay him on his rookie deal for 4-5 years, then draft another one. Paying guys like Gurley, or Bell, or Lesean McCoy big bucks is ludicrous.

  9. I have the same condition in my right knee that Gurley does. No cartilage left – bone on bone. I’m 44 and I know I will eventually have to get my knee replaced.

    He’s a world class athlete but arthritis is very debilitating. I wish him the best.

  10. At least he got his money because if his knee condition is basically unchanged the Rams will be in the same boat at some point next season. Sean is a smart enough coach to build wrinkles in the offense to run a different way or draft a RB that can take over at some point.

  11. Another example of why you don’t give big money to RB’s. The Steelers were ultimately smart to let Le’Veon Bell walk.

  12. Gurleys knee is going to be a BIG problem for the Rams going forward especially running behind behind a struggling OL w/ the loss of two of their best run blocking OL men in Saffold and Sullivan w/ an almost 40yr old LT. Gurley has lost a lot of the cartilage in that injured knee that provides cushion between the bones and is dealing with degenerative arthritis in the joint as well, that’s a death sentence for a running back. Once he starts running on it and getting hit it is going to swell & balloon up again causing him pain. Without Gurley the Rams offense will be in a lot trouble, especially if Goff is under pressure a lot next season because he is terrible when pressured.

  13. Giving a QB w/ just 5 starts at the time 137.5$ Million Dollars who cannot stay healthy is the textbook definition of mortgaging the future. Fast forward a couple years he now has a whole 10 starts under his belt and has suffered 3 injuries in 10 starts, two of them were very serious injuries that sidelined him. Garoppolo is Sam Glassford 2.0, the guy cannot stay healthy and it is just a matter of time until he goes down again. I’m guessing he goes down in the first AZ/SF matchup when All-Pro’s Chandler Jones and Terrell Suggs rush the QB an meet in the middle for a Jimmy G sandwich .

  14. kaepurnicus says:
    April 15, 2019 at 8:41 pm
    Gurley will be the focus until his degenerative knee makes it bleary. They’ve mortgaged the future, and the 49ers are about to foreclose on them.
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    Giving a QB w/ just 5 starts at the time 137.5$ Million Dollars who cannot stay healthy is the textbook definition of mortgaging the future. Fast forward a couple years he now has a whole 10 starts under his belt and has suffered 3 injuries in 10 starts, two of them were very serious injuries that sidelined him. Garoppolo is Sam Glassford 2.0, the guy cannot stay healthy and it is just a matter of time until he goes down again. I’m guessing he goes down in the first AZ/SF matchup when All-Pro’s Chandler Jones and Terrell Suggs rush the QB an meet in the middle for a Jimmy G sandwich . That’s what they call a sack lunch.

  15. No need to worry. According to reports and draft analysis by the pundits and fans the Rams are going all in on defensive players in the draft, which of course doesn’t help their running game or offense one bit.

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