Todd Gurley’s knee injury may be more serious than the Rams have admitted.
The 24-year-old running back is dealing with arthritis in his knee, according to The Athletic, which cited unidentified sources.
Despite missing the Rams’ final two regular-season games with knee inflammation, both Gurley and coach Sean McVay insisted Gurley was 100 percent healthy for the postseason. He didn’t have many touches during the NFC championship game, causing many to speculate whether he fully recovered from his injury.
He also saw a limited role in the Super Bowl against the Patriots, receiving just 11 touches. McVay explained after the 13-3 loss that they had planned to split carries between Gurley and running back C.J. Anderson, rather than placing any blame on Gurley’s knee after he proved to be ineffective.
Rams general manager Les Snead indicated earlier this week the team will try to monitor his workload next season.
“We’re in the process of figuring that out and I do think with Todd and his career — it happens to a lot of young guys, all of a sudden they wake up … and you’re a little sorer than you were the day before,” Snead told NFL.com. “So, recovery, things like that have to come into it, but it’s something we want to be intentional about and proactive.”
Gurley finished the 2018 season with 1,251 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns, helping Los Angeles to a 13-3 regular-season record.