Gurley on “arthritic component” to knee: Don’t know what you’re talking about

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There were reports when Rams running back Todd Gurley‘s knee troubles surfaced last year that he was dealing with an arthritic element to the problem and Gurley’s trainer appeared to confirm that in June.

Travelle Gaines said that “everybody knew when Todd came out of Georgia that there would be some kind of arthritic component to his knee” after he suffered an injury while in college. Gaines added that “all we’re doing is managing that” through his workouts and his weight, but Gurley was less willing to discuss the issue during an interview with Trysta Krick of USA Today.

Krick referenced Gaines’s comments in a series of questions about whether Gurley was dealing with arthritis and the running back closed the exchange by saying he doesn’t “know what you’re talking about.” He went on to say that he isn’t focused on the discussion about his condition.

“I don’t pay attention to anything,” Gurley said. “I mind my business, do what I do, work out. Like I said, I’ve been playing this sport all my life so I’ve heard everything, I’ve seen everything, I’ve done everything.”

The condition of Gurley’s knee has been an ongoing storyline since late in the 2018 season. It’s unlikely to go away unless and until Gurley shows that he can perform at a high level while staying on the field this year. Gurley believes he can, but others are likely to need more evidence before coming to a final conclusion.

15 responses to “Gurley on “arthritic component” to knee: Don’t know what you’re talking about

  1. Todd is an honest guy.

    I believe him WAY, more than the mainstream media.

    Queue the haters.


  2. People have been whining about that left knee since he tore his ACL in 2014 at Georgia.

    Dude has 4,600 yards and 46 TD’s in 4 years in the NFL. The knee was supposedly jacked up most of last year and he still had 1,300 yards.

    I’d take Gurley over 100% of the other RB’s in the NFL who tore ACL’s over the last few years. Leave Gurley alone. He is fine. He will do his thing.

  3. Todd has a lot to prove after last season ended with a whimper. Every day it’s looking like a worse decision to give him a monster contract when he was under team control for another four years (rookie deal year4, 1st year option, tag1, tag2)

  4. I agree, he will do his thing…however, his thing now is how he played in the playoffs last year.

  5. It seems like Todd Gurley went from awesome draft prospect to fantasy football legend to future Hall of Famer to hurt player to kindling in, like, two years.

  6. Overpaying for a running back is proved time and time again to be a terrible decision. Well now the Rams will find out the hard way.

  7. I’m sure it’s just a medical term that Gurley isn’t familiar with. I mean, c’mon people. How many of you have ever heard the word “arthritic component”? Lol. I’ve been reading injury reports for 40 years and I’ve never heard the term used. I wouldn’t doubt if a large percentage of football players have some type of “arthritic component” going on somewhere. I don’t blame Gurley. He just wants to play football. It’s a slow news period so we’re trying to discover another Watergate.

  8. Rams fans told us arthritis shouldn’t be on injury reports. Presumably without that erroneous excuse they are now going back to the belief McVay just forget to include him in their plays.

  9. charliecharger says:
    July 10, 2019 at 9:02 pm
    I’m sure it’s just a medical term that Gurley isn’t familiar with. I mean, c’mon people. How many of you have ever heard the word “arthritic component”?

    I think everyone?

  10. Rams and Gurley haven’t been truthful on the topic since he got injured and subsequently throughout the playoffs. For a team who said he was ready for the Super Bowl, he sure sucked in that Super Bowl…

  11. There’s no doubt he’s got a bad knee that will not ever be 100%, as admitted by his own team. That being said, even with a balky knee, the guy is still a great RB. The real issue is that without the injury he could be even better, and that’s a shame.

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