Sources confirm Todd Gurley to miss start of regular season

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News broke yesterday that many Rams fans expected. Rookie running back Todd Gurley is expected to miss the “first couple games” of the 2015 regular season. Earlier in the week, Arch Authority reported the news that Gurley had been ruled out for the entirety of the preseason, so this won’t come as a shock to many.

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NFL insider, Ian Rapoport, and Dan Hanzus of NFL.com, report that Gurley is about 90% back from a torn ACL suffered while still with the University of Georgia about nine months ago. Rapoport also reported that the team is extremely excited to see Gurley in action once he returns to the field. He reiterated that this was not a setback, but that the team and Gurley were simply taking things slow and following the recovery timeline.

Aug 1, 2015; Earth City, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) carries the ball during a drill at Rams Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Gurley spoke about his recovery on Sirius XM on Tuesday. Gurley was optimistic in the interview and was focusing on the future rather than these first few weeks of year one.

"“Right now, we’re not pushing anything,” Gurley said. “It’s kind of taking it day-by-day and week-by-week. Whether it’s Week 5 or Week 1, 10 years from now nobody is going to remember what you did the first five games. You’ve just got to take it easy.”"

Gurley has been a participant in camp since day one, which was a victory in itself as it was reported that he would start camp on the NFI list. He has participated in individual drills with a concentration on speed and short stops.

Gurley was drafted with the tenth overall selection in this spring’s NFL draft. The Rams surprised many analysts and fans alike with the selection. Many thought they would address the teams glaring need at more than one position along the offensive line. However, Gurley was too good to pass up and they will look to him to be the focal point of a new run-first offense in the years to come. Patience is a virtue and fans will need to show just a bit more because this back is worth the wait.