The mystery surrounding Los Angeles Rams tailback Todd Gurley's lack of repetitions during the NFL playoffs/Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta might have been solved.
According to The Athletic, Gurley – arguably the NFL's best running back right now (two-year average: 1,900-plus total yards, 20 TDs) – has arthritis in his left knee, the same leg/knee which underwent ACL surgery back in 2014.
This could be devastating news for the Rams, who signed Gurley to a market-setting contract extension last summer (reported four years, $60 million) and count on the UGA legend for roughly 330 touches every season.
Does this report essentially put Gurley's long-term career goals in jeopardy?
Not necessarily. Here's why:
According to The Mayo Clinic's Web site, there are six productive ways to counteract the effects of arthritis, in addition to regular and extensive physical therapy.
2) Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
4) Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs
5) Biologic response modifiers
There are also three surgery options for combating arthritis, according to the Mayo Clinic:
1) Joint repair
2) Joint replacement
3) Joint fusion
Gurley, 24, played in all three postseason games after suffering a minor knee sprain in December, posting one outing of 100-plus rushing yards and two total touchdowns during the playoffs.
However, Gurley garnered only 34 total touches during the playoffs – a far departure from collecting 19 or more touches 11 times during the 2018 season.