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Todd Gurley on Knee Injury Rumors: 'How Serious Can You Take the Internet?'

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2019

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA - JULY 28: Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams is seen during the second day of Training Camp on July 28, 2019 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)
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Todd Gurley is shooting down all speculation regarding the long-term status of his left knee.

Gurley, who said he feels healthy after missing the Los Angeles Rams' offseason program, said the team has a plan in place to preserve his health and isn't paying attention to internet speculation on his status. 

"I don't entertain [speculative reports]," Gurley said. "When you entertain stuff, that's when you start letting things get to you and be emotional. It's the internet, and how serious can you take the internet? For some people, it's their job. My job is to play football."

Gurley's injury status seemed shrouded in secrecy toward the end of last season, which saw him miss the final two games of the regular season and look limited in the Rams' postseason run. He received only 10 carries in the Rams' Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots.

The Rams plan to sit Gurley for all four of their preseason games and limit his work during camp to keep his body fresh. His trainer, Travelle Gaines, admitted there is an "arthritic component" to the All-Pro's knee in an interview with CBS Sports' Dave Richard:

"Everybody knew when Todd came out of Georgia that there would be some kind of arthritic component to his knee, which is part of every surgery, whether it's a shoulder, a knee, an ankle. He's now at the year-five mark; all we're doing is managing that.

"If we can pound him less in the offseason while keeping his weight down, working on his strength, working on his agility in short areas, that's going to give him a better chance to be healthy Weeks 14 through 17 when they really count."

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Gurley suffered a torn ACL in 2014 while at Georgia. He's played in all 16 games just once in his NFL career but has led the league in rushing touchdowns each of the last two seasons while also flashing versatility as a receiving threat.

The Rams rewarded Gurley's brilliance with a four-year, $60 million extension last offseason, and odds are he will remain with L.A. for at least the next three seasons—all while making top-tier running back money.

Borrowing from the NBA and doing some "load management" during the preseason is simply a matter of protecting the investment for a team with Super Bowl aspirations.

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