Gurley (knee) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. During media availability Wednesday, coach Sean McVay said Gurley's left knee is "fine," but the running back nonetheless would be limited in practice this week, according to Thiry. Because the Rams' ensuing injury report doesn't include one player, McVay's attempt at subterfuge already has gone awry. On a positive note, Gurley was a full participant to kick off preparations for the NFC Championship Game, ensuring the offense will be at full strength all week for the first time since the regular season. The Rams likely are keen on keeping C.J. Anderson in the game plan, but a healthy Gurley rarely ceded snaps before his late-season bout with an inflamed left knee. The eventual breakdown of touches between the two will be interesting to see Sunday in New Orleans.
Coach Sean McVay said Wednesday that Gurley (knee) will be limited in practice this week, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. McVay added that Gurley's left knee is "fine," but considering the "win-or-go-home" mentality at the moment, the running back will have a cap placed on his practice reps. In advance of the Rams' divisional-round win against the Cowboys, Gurley followed up limited listings on the first two injury reports before turning in a full session to wrap up the week, effectively clearing him to suit up. He proceeded to earn the greater share of offensive snaps over fellow running back C.J.Anderson -- 45 versus 34 -- and both running backs scampered for 100-plus rushing yards while combining for three scores on the ground. Such a breakdown in Sunday's NFC Championship Game in New Orleans may be repeated, especially knowing the state of Gurley's knee.
Gurley rushed for 115 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries, adding two receptions for three yards during Saturday's 30-22 win against the Cowboys. Gurley and C.J. Anderson diced up the Cowboys' top-five rush defense in the divisional round, amassing 238 combined yards on the ground with three scores against a unit that last week contained Seattle's powerful rushing attack to 2.97 yards per carry. Even with Gurley returning from a knee injury that forced him out of the final two regular-season contests, it was surprising to see Anderson garner over 58 percent of the running back carries. Gurley was typically explosive with his opportunities, breaking off a 35-yard touchdown scamper shortly before the half to provide Los Angeles with a 13-point lead heading into the locker room. This after managing just 76 combined rushing yards over his most recent appearances in Weeks 14 and 15, the lowest output he's ever had in consecutive games during his four-year career. The NFC Championship Game presents a daunting matchup no matter the opponent, as New Orleans and Philadelphia both ranked top seven against the run during the regular season.
Gurley (knee) does not carry an injury designation for Saturday's divisional-round playoff game versus the Cowboys, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports. With Gurley having logged a full practice Thursday, the running back is poised to return to game action this weekend, after having what coach Sean McVay described as "a great week." Gurley last suited up Dec. 16, but prior to that he was in the midst of a tremendous campaign, in which he carried 256 times for 1,251 yards and 17 TDs, while adding 59 catches for 580 yards and four mores score over the course of 14 contests. With Gurley slated to head the Rams' backfield Saturday, C.J. Anderson will move into a reserve/complementary role.
Gurley (knee) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Gurley emerged from Tuesday's pair of walk-throughs with a "limited" tag and repeated that activity level for the Rams' most extensive practice of divisional-round preparations. At this point, Gurley seems destined to be listed as questionable for Saturday's game versus the Cowboys, but on a positive note he reported no soreness in his left knee, as coach Sean McVay told Vincent Bonsignore of The Athletic. Though an active status expected from Gurley this weekend, he nonetheless is slated to cede touches to C.J. Anderson, who accumulated 316 yards from scrimmage and two rushing scores in his stead Weeks 16 and 17.
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