During the Los Angeles Rams’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks last week, the team ended up losing more than the game. A fair share of Rams players suffered various injuries throughout the game, possibly leaving the team shorthanded in Week 6.
One player that may not be suiting up against the San Francisco 49ers is Todd Gurley. The Rams have made it clear they are going to be overly cautious when it comes to Gurley’s health, so holding him out of the game would not be much of a surprise. He is currently listed as doubtful with a thigh contusion.
According to Stu Jackson of TheRams.com, Gurley is confident in the team’s other running backs like Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson and John Kelly if he is unable to play:
Gurley on Darrell Henderson: “If I’m not able to go, this is his time to be able to showcase why he’s been drafted, why he’s the player he is. Definitely have confidence in Malcolm (Brown) and Darrell, J.K. (John Kelly). Whoever it is, I know they’ll do a great job.”
— Stu Jackson (@StuJRams) October 10, 2019
Although head coach Sean McVay said he was looking for ways to get Henderson more involved, he played in just one snap against the Seahawks. Without Gurley though, he would certainly get some extended playing time for the first time this season.
Gurley has yet to miss a game, but the Rams also made it clear this year that they will try resting him more in preparation for the postseason. Although this thigh contusion is not related to his past knee issues, hopefully, it does not lead to further injury for Gurley.
Should Gurley not play against the 49ers, a tough game would become even more difficult. The 49ers have the best passing defense in the NFL, which may force the Rams’ hand into running the ball more than they have this season. Without Gurley, running the ball could become a challenge. Everyone on the Rams is going to have to step up if they hope to avoid a third straight loss.
Brown has proven to be a capable backup on multiple occasions though, so he should have no problem carrying the load for a week or two to allow Gurley to get back to 100 percent.
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