In the wake of a recent report that Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley was battling arthritis in his knee, everyone wants to know if the team will confirm the news. Rams head coach Sean McVay has now broken the team’s silence on the matter.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times this past week, McVay revealed that he was not entirely sure what the issue was, or even what it looks like on a player. He did note that there was significant “wear and tear” on Gurley’s body, but that only Gurley could say what the extent of the damage was.
“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. “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.”
Gurley was used only sparingly in the playoffs this past year, totaling only 30 carries in three games. However, more than half of those carries came in the Rams’ NFC Divisional Round against the Dallas Cowboys.
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2018 saw new career highs for the already-prolific Gurley. He finished the season with a league-leading 17 rushing touchdowns, 21 total touchdowns, and a career-high 4.9 yards per carry.
For his efforts, Gurley earned First-Team All-Pro honors for the second year in a row and a third Pro Bowl selection in a four-year career.
Gurley accomplished all of that despite missing two games due to various leg injuries. He has already missed seven games for various injuries in his short career.