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Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley’s trainer confirms “arthritic component to his knee”

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Ok then.

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley carries the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles, Dec. 16, 2019.
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley carries the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles, Dec. 16, 2019.
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Per CBS Sports’ Dave Richard:

Todd Gurley’s trainer Travelle Gaines confirmed to CBS Sports that his client is dealing with an “arthritic component to his knee,” but stressed that Gurley will be ready for the 2019 season.

”Everybody knew when Todd came out of Georgia that there would be some kind of arthritic component to his knee, which is part of every surgery whether it’s a shoulder, a knee, an ankle,” Gaines said late last week. “He’s now at the year-five mark, all we’re doing is managing that. If we can pound him less in the offseason while keeping his weight down, working on his strength, working on his agility in short areas, that’s going to give him a better chance to be healthy Weeks 14 through 17 when they really count.”

When asked about Gurley losing touches, potentially to new rookie Darrell Henderson, Gaines expressed optimism.

”It’s never been told to me that there’s a plan to decrease his workload come Week 1,” Gaines said. “At the end of the day, you need solid running backs, and they grabbed a home-run running back in the third round. ... If you watched the games last year, Todd typically sat out two to three series last year. I don’t see anything changing with that, so you need a back who can catch, and I believe Darrell averaged around 9.0 yards per carry, a home-run type guy.”

Not sure there’s anything there, but when both Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Sean McVay and Gurley himself refuse to confirm the initial report of arthritis, I suppose something like this merits some kind of acknowldegement.

As remains to be the case, the Rams’ obfuscation on the topic means we won’t learn anything sincere until Week 1 of the regular season.