Todd Gurley’s trainer confirms “arthritic component to his knee”

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It doesn’t take a medical degree to know something was wrong with Todd Gurley late last year (Source: My two eyes).

But after months of Gurley and the Rams downplaying his situation, even his personal trainer acknowledges that his knee is something that has to be monitored and accounted for.

Gurley’s personal trainer Travelle Gaines told Dave Richard of CBSSports.com that the knee issue was real, but insisted it shouldn’t bother him this season.

“Everybody knew when Todd came out of Georgia that there would be some kind of arthritic component to his knee, which is part of every surgery whether it’s a shoulder, a knee, an ankle,” Gaines said. “He’s now at the year-five mark, all we’re doing is managing that. If we can pound him less in the offseason while keeping his weight down, working on his strength, working on his agility in short areas, that’s going to give him a better chance to be healthy Weeks 14 through 17 when they really count.”

Gurley recently acknowledged it was a “small” problem, and Gaines said he didn’t think it would limit his workload this year, despite the addition of Darrell Henderson in the third round.

“It’s never been told to me that there’s a plan to decrease his workload come Week One,” Gaines said. “At the end of the day, you need solid running backs, and they grabbed a home-run running back in the third round. . . . If you watched the games last year, Todd typically sat out two to three series last year. I don’t see anything changing with that, so you need a back who can catch, and I believe Darrell averaged around 9.0 yards per carry, a home-run type guy.”

Of course, there’s also no reason for Gaines to know what the Rams’ plan for Gurley is, since he doesn’t work for them. But he acknowledged that he’s trying to get Gurley a little lighter this offseason, but in an effort to increase his speed, not to take pressure off the knee.

“It was a collective decision for him to play a little lighter this year, not because of injuries, just because I just feel he’s one of the faster players in the league,” Gaines said. “He doesn’t have to play at 224 — 218 is only six pounds less, so I wanted to decrease his body fat a little bit and get him to the point where he’s a tad smaller so he can be a tad faster and a little bit bigger from a lean muscle mass standpoint. He’s going from basically 10 percent body fat to 7 percent body fat.”

Gurley hasn’t participated in any of the Rams offseason work or minicamp, giving the appearance he’s clearly being saved for something. Coach Sean McVay has said he anticipates Gurley being a participant in training camp.

12 responses to “Todd Gurley’s trainer confirms “arthritic component to his knee”

  1. The problem with knees is that there isn’t much you can for it specifically as far as training. You can train the muscles around it but a arthritic will always be a problem. Hope he can get a few more good years out of him but they will have to meter his carries.

  2. He’s pretty young to have arthritis already. It’s not something that gets any better with wear & tear & age. He’s looking at an immediate future of lots & lots of pain killers…especially before games.

  3. He had a real bad knee injury at UGA, and as most of us know, even when the knee gets fixed, you end up getting arthritis in there.

    He is a TREMENDOUS RB, but I think he will have a limited Shelf-Life.

  4. Put a fork in him he’s done. Now the trainer has an opinion but McVay,the organization, let alone an actual doctor say nothing of substance.

  5. Good back, but like I said before he needs a zone blocking scheme for him to break free and with a bad knee he’s not going to be around much longer. He was trash towards the end of the season and he clearly wasn’t himself that might explain why.

  6. The beginning of the end for Gurley. I bet he will never play a complete season again. Rams better start looking for his replacement not season.

  7. I don’t know the extent of his condition but logic will tell you that if you have to limit a player’s workouts and workload, he’s not going to have the strength, conditioning, and abilities he’d have otherwise.

  8. Darrell Henderson could be a huge sleeper this year. Rams would be smart to not overwork Gurley, preserve him more for later in the season

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