Bye week comes at perfect time for Rams so Todd Gurley can rest ankle

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With the news emerging that Todd Gurley was dealing with an ankle injury on Monday, thank goodness the Los Angeles Rams are on a bye week.

A few days later, Los Angeles Rams fans are still feeling the excitement from Monday’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs since the only way to top a performance like that will have to take place in Atlanta during February when the Super Bowl takes place.

However, the Rams know they still have a lot of work on their plate when it comes to their final five games since they would technically lose the tiebreaker to the New Orleans Saints for the No. 1 seed from their loss a few weeks ago.

Most importantly, Los Angeles hopes to take advantage of their bye week before a Week 12 showdown with the Detroit Lions by seeing some of their key players earn some much-needed rest, one of which happens to be Todd Gurley.

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When looking at how the Rams were able to put up 54 points in their win over the Chiefs, one would assume that some of those touchdowns came from the Pro Bowl running back.

However, Gurley’s impressive touchdown streak of 13 games officially came to an end after he was limited to just 55 rushing yards on 12 carries. And while there was previously some frustration over the lack of touches Gurley was seeing early on in the game, it made more sense when hearing the news shortly after that he was dealing with an ankle injury.

After hearing this, it’s easy to understand why Sean McVay was taking a cautious approach with his beloved running back since the Rams coach needs to do what’s best for the long run.

Los Angeles may be one of the favorites to make a run at the Super Bowl right now, but keeping Gurley healthy is always going to be a top priority to put them in a better position of living up to expectations.

Luckily for the Rams, Gurley was able to play through the injury to help his teammates take down the Chiefs. Not to mention, with the extra time off, there’s every reason to believe Gurley will be back at full strength for the team’s next game against the Lions.

Nobody needs to explain just how valuable Gurley is to this Los Angeles team, and when the time comes in a few months, there’s a good chance he’ll be in the conversation for the MVP award once again, although Patrick Mahomes II is making a pretty strong case.

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Still, as great as it would be to see Gurley take home the honors after falling just shy last year, the Rams running back knows winning the Super Bowl would be even more meaningful. Staying healthy will be key to making that dream become a reality for Los Angeles, but thank goodness the team is in a position with the bye week where he can take advantage of the extra recovery time.