Todd Gurley’s performance in the NFC championship game against the Saints was underwhelming, but he’s not willing to place any blame on his knee.
Gurley, coming off a knee injury that caused him to miss the Rams’ final two regular-season games with inflammation, insisted he just had a substandard game and denied there are any lingering issues with his knee.
Gurley had a career-low five touches and gained 13 yards in the Rams’ 26-23 overtime win over the Saints. While there was some speculation Gurley aggravated his knee, the 24-year-old put those rumors to rest.
“I’m good. If there was an issue on my knee, it would be on the injury report,” Gurley told reporters Friday. “Come on now. I’m at practice. I’m playing.”
Coach Sean McVay indicated earlier this week Gurley would receive more opportunities in the Super Bowl against the Patriots, but Gurley insisted he doesn’t care about any of the speculation or how many carries he gets. He said he’s focused instead on doing what’s best for the team.
“I don’t ask no questions. I just do my job,” Gurley said. “We got the win. That’s all that matters. I can not play one snap. I don’t care if [long snapper] Jake McQuaide is the Super Bowl MVP. I’ve got one more game left. I don’t care what nobody’s talking about. Y’all can call me hurt. Y’all can call me whatever, but we’re going to the Super Bowl.
“What do y’all not understand? It’s not about me. This sport has never been about me. It’s never been about one player. Todd’s only going to be with the Rams so much longer. It’s going to be another dude that comes in just like me. This whole game is bigger than me. It’s not just about me. Why is Todd not getting the ball? Why is that? Because there’s only one football, and there’s 11 guys. Only one guy can touch the ball each time. It’s way bigger than me.”
The Rams will face the Patriots in Super Bowl 53 on Feb. 3 with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. ET. (CBS).