With Todd Gurley banged up, could the Los Angeles Rams finally begin using rookie Darrell Henderson in Week 6?
Just when it seemed like the situation surrounding Todd Gurley couldn’t get anymore frustrating, it looks like the Los Angeles Rams running back is dealing with a bruised thigh heading into Sunday’s contest against the San Francisco 49ers.
Back in the offseason, the Rams made it clear early on they would be taking a different approach with Gurley in 2019 since something was obviously going on with his knee during the NFC Championship and Super Bowl.
Through the first three games, Los Angeles fans were doing their best not to make a big deal about Gurley’s lighter workload since the Rams were still winning games, but things have changed over the last two weeks.
With the Rams dropping two games in a row to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks, fans are searching for answers as to why Sean McVay hasn’t been using Gurley as much on offense.
It was one thing to see Gurley only receive five carries in the loss to the Buccaneers, but watching him follow up with just 15 carries in Week 5 against the Seahawks continues to show that something is clearly up with his knee.
So when hearing this recent news how Gurley is also dealing with a bruised thigh with Sunday’s game against the 49ers only a few days away, it’s tough not to wonder if Week 6 will finally be the day in which rookie Darrell Henderson receives significant workload.
Back in April when the Rams decided to use one of their draft picks on the Memphis product, early indications made it seem like McVay had found another dangerous weapon in Henderson to benefit the offense.
This may still end up being the case, but it’s been a major surprise to see Los Angeles entering their sixth game of the season, and yet Henderson only has one carry to his name, which occurred back in Week 1.
Whatever the reason behind McVay’s decision to keep Henderson limited, the Rams head coach has already indicated the rookie running back could finally see more action on Sunday as a result of Gurley’s injury, and quite frankly Los Angeles may not have another choice.
When taking Henderson’s skills into consideration along with the 1,909 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns recorded during his final year with the Tigers in 2018, Rams fans have been anxious to see the rookie receive more action on the field.
Depending on how the next few days look with Gurley, fans may not have to wait any longer if McVay is forced to use Henderson more when facing the 49ers, which for all the Rams know could even provide a much-needed spark to the ground game.