With temperatures in the mid-80s in LA and the Rams ahead 27-0 at the point of his departure in the third quarter, Gurley likely will remain on the sideline for the rest of the contest. If he doesn't make another appearance, he'l finished the day with 73 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns on 22 touches.
Gurley was a full participant at Thursday's practice, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
Gurley was absent from Wednesday's session due to non-injury-related reasons but does not appear to be facing any limitations going forward. There is a good chance he was simply given an extra day off after the Rams played on Monday night in their regular season opener. Gurley has a nice matchup in Week 2 against a Cardinals defense that surrendered 4.9 yards per carry to Washington running backs in their first game.
The extension covers 2020-2023, as Gurley is entering his fourth NFL season and the Rams have already picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. The deal makes a lot of sense for both parties, giving Gurley financial security while presumably allowing the Rams to keep his cap hit in check for a few more seasons. This does create some potential for hostility down the road, as the deal could look like a huge bargain by 2021 or 2022 if Gurley is still a superstar and the NFL salary cap continues to grow by $10 million or more per year. Everyone should be happy for the time being, with Gurley turning 24 on Aug. 3 and set for another season as a three-down workhorse in a talent-laden offense. It's hard to argue with his combination of floor and ceiling at the top of fantasy drafts.
The running back is thus under contract with the team through the 2019 season. Keeping Gurley around was a no-brainer for the Rams, following a stellar 2017 campaign in which the 23-year-old carried 279 times for 1,305 yards and 13 TDs while adding 64 catches for 788 yards and six receiving scores in 15 games. The 2015 first-rounder heads into the coming season as the Rams' undisputed top running back and one of the elite fantasy options at his position. Heading into the draft, Gurley's top backups are Malcolm Brown and Justin Davis, neither of whom presents a major threat to his workload.
Gurley rushed 14 times for 101 yards and caught four passes for another 10 yards during Saturday's 26-13 loss to Atlanta in the wild-card round.
Gurley joined historic company this season by leading the NFL in yards from scrimmage and total touchdowns, and while he struggled to get going early Saturday, his numbers at the conclusion of the game were up to his usual standard. Unfortunately, Los Angeles turned the ball over twice on special-team returns in the first quarter, and it put the offense in a tough spot. While the Rams stuck around until late in the fourth quarter, those turnovers proved to be too much to overcome, and Gurley handling just 14 carries certainly wasn't in head coach Sean McVay's gameplan.
|5||10/7/18||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ DEN||4:05 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ SF||8:20 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ NO||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 12|
|13||12/2/18||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||13||12||229||1106||4.8||71||10||11||45|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||15||15||279||1305||4.7||57||13||8||66|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||2||2||39||150||3.8||23||3||1||11|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||13||12||21||188||9.0||31||0||2||0||8|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||15||15||64||788||12.3||80||6||12||4||32|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||2||2||6||70||11.7||19||1||0||0||3|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||13||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||15||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||2||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||13||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||15||5||2||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|