Former Georgia Bulldog and current St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley is expected to begin training camp on the non-football injury (NFI) list. This was the team’s plan all along, as NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport stated on Twitter.
It’s interesting that the Rams would put Gurley on the NFI list, as he tore his ACL last fall while playing for Georgia. But his recovery has still gone smoothly and team management was satisfied enough to select him with the 10th overall pick in this year’s draft, so the move is likely just a precautionary measure.
Gurley could also have some competition for touches once the season starts. Second-year running back Tre Mason ran for 765 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games last year, and Benny Cunningham proved to be a solid third-down back.
But neither man is on the same level as Gurley, who ran for 911 yards on just 123 carries (7.4 yards per carry) last season and nine touchdowns in 2014. In three years with the Bulldogs, he had 3,285 yards and 36 touchdowns on 510 carries (6.4 YPC). Simply put, the starting running back’s job is his to lose.
So long as Gurley’s knee holds up, along with his overall health, he should have no trouble doing great work in the NFL.
The Rams open their season at home against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks on September 13.