Todd Gurley signed a four-year, $57.5 million extension that made him the NFL’s highest-paid running back. He rushed for 1,305 yards, added another 788 receiving yards and totaled 19 touchdowns in the 2017 season. Last season he finished with 1,251 rushing yards, 581 receiving and 21 touchdowns.
Another stellar season.
But a knee injury limited him during the postseason when he had just four carries in the conference championship game and 10 carries two weeks later in the Super Bowl.
So what’s really up with his knee?
Here’s what Gurley had to say on Tuesday:
“I had bigger problems to worry about coming out of college,” he told reporters Tuesday at the start of Rams mandatory minicamp, via NFL.com.
“This is small.”
“I’ve be hearing stuff all my life. Just whatever growing up. Hearing comments or whatever that is. All of the stuff don’t really get to me. I feel like I do a great job, got a great supporting cast. … It’s football. It’s the game I’ve been playing my whole life, so it’s nothing new to me. I know what I’m capable of. I know what type of person I am. No big deal to me.”
Coach Sean McVay sounds optimistic about Gurley’s knee.
“I feel real good,” McVay told reporters. “Talking to Todd, he looks really good, and feels really good. I think the plan that we set out a few months back has been followed exactly the way that we wanted it to get done and now it’s about six more weeks till we really report back to camp.
“The intention is to get him back, ready to go. This was the intention, this was part of the long term plan to get him for the opener against the Panthers, but when we start camp that represents when he can get on the field and do some things and start to compete with his teammates.
“I don’t know if you’d wanna use the term recovery but he has a very good training program that he’s taken part in with Travelle Gaines and he’s done some things over here that we thought would be good from a maintenance standpoint. That was what all parties felt like was the best thing, and most importantly what Todd thought was best. Todd’s earned the right for us to listen to him, and take everything into consideration.”
Gurley said he would be 100 percent by training camp when training camp when the Rams report to UC Irvine on July 27.
“I don’t feel like I need to do OTAs. I know what I’ve done, I know what I can do,” Gurley said.
Todd Gurley seemed genuinely unconcerned with his knee issues. Todd Gurley Minicamp Press Conference https://t.co/SwRrWx8F7h
— Joshua Drumm (@FF_TheDrumm) June 12, 2019
Really hard to tell how serious his knee injury really is.
We know it had to be bad during the playoffs last year because they didn’t even use him.
If the Rams had a healthy Todd Gurley, they’re winning the Superbowl last year.
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