Rams' Todd Gurley, Jalen Ramsey Expected to Play vs. Falcons Despite Injuries

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 13: Running back Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams walks on the field before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 13, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay expects running back Todd Gurley (thigh) and cornerback Jalen Ramsey (back) to play in Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, according to ESPN's J.B. Long.

If he does play, it would mark Ramsey's Rams debut, as he was acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday.

Gurley was limited in practice on Friday, according to ESPN's Lindsey Thiry. He missed a Week 6 clash with the San Francisco 49ers due to the injury, and L.A. wound up dropping the NFC West battle without Gurley, 20-7.

Though he declined to say whether he anticipated playing against Atlanta, the star running back noted that he was making progress in the rehab process.

"Doing better," Gurley said of his quad, per Thiry.

Meanwhile, Ramsey has not appeared in a game since Sept. 19. He missed the final three games of his Jaguars career due to a back injury, a situation complicated by the fact he was also seeking a trade.

Ramsey was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and on Friday, he appeared to be moving well:

As of Thursday, though, the two-time Pro Bowler was not sure if he would be on the field with his new team on Sunday.

"I think we going to keep working, we got a couple more days to figure it out," Ramsey said, according to Thiry. "We gonna do what's smart for myself and the team, but I hope so. I hope I can go help and contribute to a win, somehow, some way, whether it's limited, or whatever. A couple plays, it don't matter."

As for what it would take for him to play in Week 7? 

"To be able to play this game at an elite level, like I want to play it, you got to feel comfortable in all aspects," Ramsey noted. "Not just physically, with my back conditioning, but mentally as well."

Having both Ramsey and Gurley available would be a big boost to a Rams squad that is looking to end a recent skid. Los Angeles (3-3) currently sits two games back in the win column behind both the 49ers (5-0) and the Seattle Seahawks (5-1) in the NFC West after dropping its last three games, including one game to both San Francisco and Seattle.

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