Todd Gurley injury update: Rams RB (knee) initially hurt after season opener

Todd Gurley injury update: Rams RB (knee) game-time decision vs. Cardinals

Todd Gurley’s injury dates back to earlier this season — almost four months to be exact.

Rams coach Sean McVay revealed Thursday that his running back experienced problems with his left knee after the team’s season-opening win over the Raiders.

“It was a similar situation,” McVay said, via ESPN.

Gurley, who suffered a knee injury in a Dec. 16 loss to the Eagles and sat out last week’s win over the Cardinals, acknowledged the issue nearly derailed his season.

“It was bad,” Gurley said. “I was contemplating on giving the Rams back their money and everything. It was bad. It was real bad.”

While McVay said the swelling in Gurley’s knee has gone down, the two-time Pro Bowl selection did not practice Thursday and could sit out Friday, as well. Still, his availability for Week 17 remains up in the air.

“If he’s feeling good, similar to last week, if we do end up — if we feel like he’s progressing but he’s able to just take some mental reps, things like that, then that could definitely be an option,” McVay said, via the team’s website. “I mean, you’d prefer for him to practice, but it wouldn’t be something that if he doesn’t practice, then there’s definitely no chance he plays. I definitely wouldn’t say that.”

Gurley, 24, has rushed for 1,251 yards and 17 touchdowns while adding four receiving touchdowns this season. His status is day-to-day entering the final week of the regular season.

The Rams (12-3) have already clinched the NFC West title but will look to secure a first-round bye when they host the 49ers (4-11) at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday.