Todd Gurley sounds like he’s running on borrowed time.
The Los Angeles Rams’ primary ballcarrier said Tuesday he isn’t certain how his arthritic knee will hold up over the long haul. An “arthritic component” in his knee became problematic in the playoffs last season, when the team attempted to manage his workload on the fly.
“I’m just like, hey, we’re going to find out in training camp, you know? Once training camp comes, you’ve got the preseason, but you don’t have a lot in preseason,” Gurley told NFL Network.
Gurley said the lingering issue won’t cause him to change his playing style. However, NFL Network’s Terrell Davis, who retired in his prime because of knee issues, said the joint will eventually wear out.
The Rams drafted Darrell Henderson in the third round and matched an offer sheet to retain restricted free agent Malcolm Brown. Both will get more use as Gurley eases into the season.
“For me, I’ve been doing this my whole life, so it would be so hard for me to even try to change my style of play. That’s not even me,” Gurley said. “I don’t even know how to describe my game. I’m just going to keep doing what I can do until I can’t do it no more. That’s why we play this sport. But I’ve been feeling good. I’m definitely not going to change anything. I’m going to come with that same mindset like third and 1, fourth and 1, I’m gonna try to go get it. So I’m just excited. I know it’s always been a lot of talk going on this whole offseason, so it’s just like, hey, it’s the offseason. That’s what everything is supposed to be about: speculation and reporting. Once the season comes, you gonna see what happens.”
Rams head coach Sean McVay continuously downplayed the severity of Gurley’s knee issue and described it as a load management concern, not an injury concern.
Gurley turns 25 in August but the 2015 first-round pick already has 1,139 touches (1,042 rushing attempts) and suffered a torn ACL as a junior at Georgia.
In early May, Gurley shook off questions about whether his knee condition was degenerative, saying “all I can focus on is how I’m doing right now.”
–Field Level Media