Todd Gurley wants people to 'stop putting this bad energy on my knee'

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

Enough is enough about Todd Gurley’s knee.

The Rams running back spoke to reporters after Saturday’s practice, and was asked if he was happy to be at training camp, where he was sure to face questions about his knee after avoiding the subject as much as possible this offseason.

“No, I don’t think anyone looks forward to training camp,” Gurley said, via ProFootballTalk. “But, it’s cool to be around the boys. Haven’t seen those guys in a long time, so just being out here and hanging with those guys is cool.”

As the elephant in the room came into focus, Gurley said he would prefer if people stop hassling him and his squad about his injury.

“Y’all have got to stop putting this bad energy in my knee, man. Just let it be,” he said. “I’m not eager doing this. I don’t have to prove anything to nobody. I have been doing this for years now. So, it’s the same stuff every year.”

While Gurley understands the media has a job to do by reporting on his status, he’s become frustrated by constant badgering about his knee.

“I don’t entertain stuff,” he said. “When you entertain stuff that’s when you start letting stuff get to you, you start being emotional. And it’s the Internet, right? How serious can you take the Internet? I mean for some people it’s their job. I mean, let them do their job. You do your job. My job is to play football. Your job is to write and report. So, I don’t take it anyway. I don’t feel no way about it. You’ve got to have a story, you’ve got to have something to talk about. It’s the offseason so it is what it is.”

Gurley, 24, missed the Rams’ final two regular-season games with knee inflammation last season but was expected to be healthy for the postseason. However, he didn’t have many touches in the NFC title game and played a limited role in the Super Bowl, which caused many to speculate whether he had fully recovered from his injury.

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