Rams running back Todd Gurley hasn't participated in OTA drills

Rams running back Todd Gurley hasn't participated in OTA drills

Todd Gurley is on a specialized plan that has kept him absent from the field so far this offseason.

Rams coach Sean McVay on Tuesday said the fifth-year running back has not participated in any OTA drills with the team but expressed optimism about his status as he continues to rehab his knee.

“We’ve got him on a great plan,” McVay told reporters.

Added McVay: “That was what we felt like was best for Todd when Todd and I sat down. And it’s been really good so far and we feel good about that.”

Both Gurley and McVay insisted the rusher was healthy for the postseason despite missing the Rams’ final two regular-season games with knee inflammation. However, Gurley didn’t have many touches in the NFC championship game and played a limited role in the Super Bowl, which caused many to speculate whether he had fully recovered from his injury.

The Athletic later reported in March that Gurley is dealing with arthritis in his knee, though McVay categorized the injury as “wear and tear” instead.

“I don’t know exactly, medically, when you categorize what arthritis is, but I’ve never seen a guy on the medical report or on the injury report with that,” McVay said at the time, via the Los Angeles Times.

“And I think If you just said, ‘Is there a wear and tear? Was there a pounding that that knee took?’ Absolutely. … He’s the only one that can really talk specifically about how his body feels.”

In the weeks since, Gurley has been working with outside trainer Travelle Gaines, though McVay said the three-time Pro Bowl selection still shows up to practice regularly.

“He’s also been here consistently, pretty much every single day of the week,” McVay said “He’s been an active participant following the program that we’ve implemented with him and we’re very pleased with where Todd is at right now.”

Gurley, 24, finished with 1,251 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns last season after becoming the highest-paid running back in the NFL in April 2018.