The decline in snaps and production late last season for Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley was both a surprise and point of confusion for many, as there appeared to be no sign of any injury suffered or any reported ailments from the running back.
But according to Fox Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer, Gurley's knee is a source of long term concern for his franchise.
According to the report, Gurley has developed arthritis in his left knee, just one of the many issues he's had with the knee since suffering a torn ACL during his junior season at the University of Georgia in 2014.
Reoccurring swelling of his knee is the biggest concern in the medium-to-long-term future, having been a cause for his reduction of carries a season ago.
"I think the biggest test will be what happens early in the season," Glazer said in his weekly column in The Athletic. "If he runs and [the knee] doesn’t blow up and the Rams are able to use him as a workhorse, then a lot of those concerns will go away. If not, they’re going to have to get a little creative."
After rushing for 1,251 yards in the first 14 games of the regular season, Gurley sat out the last two weeks of the regular season before rushing for 115 yards in the divisional round playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys. However, getting only 45 combined yards on 14 carries against the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots in the NFC Championship and Super Bowl raised eyebrows for fans who weren't already concerned about the ball-carrier's health.
The Rams did trade up in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft to select Memphis RB Darrell Henderson with the 70th overall pick, so it's possible that LA is preparing for a potential Gurley setback.