According to a recent report, Todd Gurley’s knee injury actually became a problem in Week 1 of 2018 when the Los Angeles Rams took on the Oakland Raiders.
No matter how much the Los Angeles Rams seem to try to avoid the discussion surrounding Todd Gurley‘s knee, and whether the Pro Bowler can return to his normal ways, a new update seems to come out each week.
This time around, it appears the latest information surrounding Gurley is how his knee issue goes back all the way to Week 1 of the 2018 season when the Rams opened up the new year with an impressive win over the Oakland Raiders.
A few days ago, former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew was on NFL Network discussing how he recently chatted with Gurley, who claimed he actually got hurt during that Week 1 battle with the Raiders, and played through the pain all season.
Right away, fans will point to the fact that Gurley’s numbers during the regular season were quite impressive for a running back dealing with a knee injury after finishing with 1,831 yards from scrimmage to go along with 21 total touchdowns in 14 games.
But also, the most frustrating thing about this situation is Gurley’s lack of production when it mattered the most in the playoffs, and how the injury doesn’t seem like it’s getting any better based off the last few months of the offseason.
While the Rams have already made it clear they will be taking a different approach with Gurley in 2019 to lighten his workload, the fact that his knee has been an issue since Week 1, and is still ongoing should be viewed as a huge concern.
Even if the case can be made that Los Angeles will be in better shape after using a draft pick in April on Darrell Henderson, this still doesn’t take away from the concerns surrounding Gurley returning to the effective level the Rams need him to be on moving forward.
To top the frustration off, it’s safe to assume that Los Angeles regrets rewarding Gurley with that hefty contract last summer since it will look like a complete waste if he can’t return to that dominant level.
Hearing the news that Gurley’s knee was an issue all the way back in Week 1 makes this situation even more puzzling since it seems like the Rams look even more guilty of keeping everyone in the dark over what has really been going on.
Until Gurley can actually step foot on the field in a meaningful game, and prove the knee isn’t going to be an issue by putting up the kind of numbers Rams fans are used to seeing, the concerns are always going to be there.
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Unfortunately for now, the only solution seems to be continuing to wait things out, and be patient, which hasn’t exactly been easy to deal with since training camp for Los Angeles is right around the corner.