The Rams raised some eyebrows when they took Georgia running back Todd Gurley with the tenth pick in the NFL draft this year. Gurley had suffered a torn ACL last fall and him being ready for the start of the season seemed to be a long shot. On top of that, running backs taken near the top of the draft have turned out to have questionable value lately, one reason that Gurley was the first running back taken in the first round since 2012.
Gurley was inactive last Sunday against the Seahawks but there seems to be some optimism that he will be able to play on Sunday when the Redskins visit FedEx Field.
“There’s always that possibility,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. “I ruled him out in the preseason and ruled him out last week. I’m not ruling him out right now. We’ll see how he does. But this is a medical decision, a trainer decision, a collective decision but we’ll see how he does this week.”
Gurley is expected to get some work with the first team during practice this week but don’t expect him to get much of a workload if he does play. As Fisher noted, Gurley did not play at all during the preseason and it is likely that they will work him in slowly.
Gurley isn’t the only Rams running back whose participation on Sunday is in question. Tre Mason, who is the starter in Gurley’s absence, missed the Rams game against Seattle with a hamstring injury and he may or may not be ready to play the Redskins. Benny Cunningham started at running back against the Seahawks and gained 45 yards on 16 carries.