Rams running back Todd Gurley finished the season working through a left knee injury. The issues with his knee limited his playing time in the playoffs and the Super Bowl.
Both Gurley and the Rams have downplayed the running back’s knee injury. But according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, there is reason to be concerned about his knee.
Howe is reporting that there is arthritis in the 24-year-old’s knee.
Rams running back Todd Gurley has arthritis in his knee, according to a source. Helps explain his limited usage in the playoffs.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) March 2, 2019
That has to be concerning to Los Angeles, who just signed Gurley to a four-year extension in July, there isn’t a surgery or procedure that can correct arthritis. The deal was for $57.5 million and included $45 million in guaranteed money.
The news of arthritis in his knee explains reports that the Rams are planning to give Gurley a lighter workload and are exploring alternative treatments for Gurley’s knee, including stem cell treatments.
Via CBS Sports:
The Rams currently have Gurley on an offseason regimen in hopes of getting him completely healthy for the 2019 season, but if that doesn’t work or if his knee regresses, the team may consider stem cell treatment for their star running back, according to a team source.
Rams coach Sean McVay was asked about the possibility of a stem cell procedure during a one-on-one interview with CBSSports.com at the NFL combine on Thursday and denied it, but he did say that the team is looking at “new methods” to help Gurley with his ailing knee.
This could shorten Gurley’s promising career significantly. Good thing he already got paid, because this news is definitely going to hurt any future earning potential.
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