Todd Gurley II shook his head, then shrugged his shoulders.
At the outset of the offseason program in April, the Los Angeles Rams running back was asked if he was prepared for an offseason of questions about his left knee.
“Feeling good,” Gurley said Tuesday at the team’s training facility, as he stood at a podium and responded to more questions from reporters for the first time since April.cheap nike nfl jerseys china
It has been more than four months since Gurley was last seen running with a football, when the Rams’ offense stalled in a 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII. He did not participate in practices during the offseason program and it could be at least another six weeks until Gurley engages in football activities, when the Rams open training camp on July 27.
Variations of “feeling good” and “feeling fine” have been Gurley’s — and the Rams’ — go-to line when asked about his knee, which kept him sidelined the final two games of the regular season.
“Feel really good,” coach Sean McVay said, when asked how he felt about Gurley’s status looking ahead to training camp. “Talking to Todd, he feels good, looks really good and I think the plan that we set out a few months back has been followed exactly the way that we wanted it to get done.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale
Neither party will confirm reports that he is suffering from arthritis or a degenerative condition.
On Tuesday, after the Rams held their one and only practice of mandatory minicamp — in which Gurley did not participate — the running back downplayed the significance of his issue.
“I had bigger problems to worry about coming out of college,” he said. “This is small.”
In 2014, his junior season at Georgia, Gurley suffered a torn ACL and underwent reconstructive surgery on his left knee. The injury raised concerns about his potential NFL career, but the Rams selected him anyway with the 10th overall pick after he left Georgia with a season of eligibility remaining.
The Rams’ decision to draft Gurley has paid off, to this point. But it’s that left knee — now more than four years later — that is cause for concern.
Even as Gurley describes his current circumstance as a small issue, and the Rams declare that all parties feel good about the situation, their actions as they prepare for a repeat Super Bowl run raise doubts.
Gurley was the only player to sit out the entire offseason program. He instead went through his own workout plan with personal trainer Travelle Gaines, while still frequenting the Rams’ practice facility.