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Todd Gurley Ruled Out for Season with Torn ACL

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIINovember 16, 2014

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Georgia Bulldogs star running back Todd Gurley returned in Saturday's win over Auburn following a four-game suspension. Unfortunately, he exited the SEC showdown in the fourth quarter and has now been ruled out for the remainder of the 2014 season with a torn ACL in his left knee.   

WSB sports director Zach Klein initially reported that Gurley had suffered a torn ACL against Auburn, and that news was confirmed Sunday:

Zach Klein @ZachKleinWSB

Those I spoke w/this AM fear the worst w/ #UGA RB Todd Gurley. All feel he has a torn ACL. Awaiting "official" results from today's MRI

Georgia Bulldogs @UGAAthletics

An MRI performed Sunday on University of Georgia junior tailback Todd Gurley confirmed a torn ACL. http://t.co/ThRpKRjABb

Gurley offered a quick comment on his situation via Twitter:

Todd Gurley II @TG3II

No Pain, No Gain....

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller weighed in on how the injury will impact Gurley's draft stock:

Bleacher Report expert Dave Siebert offered his opinion on the situation:

Dave Siebert, MD @DaveMSiebert

Todd Gurley, indeed, feared to have a torn ACL per @ZachKleinWSB. Looked like it on video. Expect confirmation soon. #UGA

Dave Siebert, MD @DaveMSiebert

Assuming it's confirmed, good chance Todd Gurley's ACL is the only major knee ligament tear based on injury mechanism. Silver lining. #UGA

Gurley ran for 911 yards and nine touchdowns on just 123 carries this year. He is among the most gifted players at his position in recent memory.   

Before the injury, had the all-purpose playmaker declared for the 2015 NFL draft, he had a real chance to be the first running back selected in the first round since 2012. Now the future is a lot murkier for Gurley, whose draft stock will likely drop drastically, as the injury may cost him his entire rookie campaign in the pros.

It's better to take the rehabilitation process slowly, though. Running backs have become so interchangeable that it takes a transcendent talent to emerge as a surefire feature back. Gurley has the tools to be just that when healthy.

Whenever he does return to the gridiron, the Georgia star figures to enjoy plenty of successful playing days ahead as long as his knee holds up.

The Bulldogs have the backfield depth to absorb Gurley's loss for the remainder of the year, particularly with stud freshman Nick Chubb in the fold, but NFL teams will have to take a longer look the junior before they consider investing a valuable draft pick in him.

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