St. Louis Rams RB Todd Gurley Doubtful for Season Finale

It appears that St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley's rookie season is over.

St. Louis Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley is unlikely to play in Sunday’s season finale against the San Francisco 49ers

“We’ve listed Todd today as doubtful, so you can read between the lines there,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher told reporters following Friday’s practice. “We’re thinking about the long-term future and he’s got an issue he’s dealing with. We’re still doing tests, but the difference between him playing and making things worse could be the difference between six to eight weeks of rehab during the offseason. Right now we got really good news and good results, but it’s doubtful that he plays.”

The Pro Bowl running back, who suffered a season-ending knee injury a year ago during his final season at Georgia, sustained a foot injury near the end of last Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks and did not practice all week in California. 

When the Rams selected Gurley with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2015 Draft, they stressed that they wanted him to be their running back of the future and will willing to take things slow with him in his rehabilitation from his knee injury. Now, with the foot ailment, they are taking a similar approach. 

“As I said early on when he got started, ‘Just wait another year. He’s not 100 percent,’” Fisher said. “He’s had a little setback with the foot, so I just don’t want to set him back any more. It just makes sense for the future of the organization.”

Fisher said he doesn’t think Gurley’s issue will require surgery. 

"I think it’s rest for a couple of weeks and then he’ll be fine,” the coach said.

Gurley has rushed 229 times for 1,108 yards, a hefty average of 4.8 yards per carry, and 10 touchdowns. The rushing yards are the most by a Rams running back since Steven Jackson rushed for 1,145 in 2011. 

With Gurley out, the Rams will rely on Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham in the backfield and possibly undrafted rookie Malcolm Brown, who was promoted from the practice squad this week.

“Tre is in great shape right now,” Fisher said. “He’s fresh and he’ll go. Benny will go and we brought Malcolm up and shoot, you may even see him carry the call a little bit.”

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