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Dr. James Andrews says Todd Gurley’s knee is ahead of schedule

Todd Gurley

Members of the Georgia medical staff tend to injured running back Todd Gurley in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 34-7. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


Georgia running back Todd Gurley is doing well in recovery from a torn ACL, according to the doctor who performed his reconstructive knee surgery.

Dr. James Andrews said reports that Gurley declined to have his knee checked at the Combine were incorrect, and that team doctors have been given all the information they need about Gurley’s recovery.

“I heard some fuss that Gurley wouldn’t let teams examine him and that’s just totally misleading,” Andrews told ESPN. “The team physicians I have spoken with who are there -- and I have spoken to a bunch of them -- were all happy about what they saw. I mean, they’re smart enough to know you can’t have 32 teams pulling and tugging on a knee just 3½ months removed from surgery. But the doctors I spoke with said he looked great and I’d say he’s probably six weeks ahead with his recovery.”

Andrews said he gave Gurley a checkup just before he went to Indianapolis, and Gurley is doing well.

“Gurley’s quad muscle is way ahead of what you would expect even at this stage and that’s vital to a good recovery, as you know,” Andrews said. “The Georgia trainer, Ron Courson, did a great job the first six weeks post-surgery and then Todd came here [at the Andrews Institute in Florida] and I was very happy before he left for Indianapolis. He’s been running on a treadmill, running underwater, he’s never had any swelling.”

Before suffering a torn ACL, Gurley was viewed as a likely first-round draft pick. Andrews sounds confident that Gurley is still going to be that kind of NFL player.