Gurley ran for 18 yards on nine attempts while securing his only target for a 17-yard gain during Sunday's 44-27 loss to Tampa Bay.
Gurley and Brian Hill split carries atop the Falcons' backfield at an even 9:9 ratio. However, Hill was far more explosive with his opportunities on the ground, largely because of a 62-yard run in the fourth quarter. Gurley's debut campaign in Atlanta did not go according to plan, as he labored to 3.5 yards per carry over 195 attempts while seeing himself get overtaken by Ito Smith (ribs) for lead RB carries down the stretch. The man largely responsible for acquiring Gurley, Thomas Dimitroff, was fired as Falcons general manager Oct. 11. The 26-year-old Gurley is set to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end, as is Hill, but Smith remains under contract with Atlanta for one more season.
Gurley registered 16 yards on four carries while securing all three of his targets for 34 yards during Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Chiefs.
Gurley made a 26-yard reception down the right sideline on Atlanta's opening play from scrimmage, but the drive stalled three plays later to result in a punt. That gain alone contributed more than half of Gurley's Week 16 yardage production, as Ito Smith and Brian Hill combined for 17 carries atop the Atlanta backfield. A 3.5 yards-per-carry average with limited passing-game upside from Gurley has led the Falcons to look elsewhere for running back contributions down the stretch. Week 17 offers a matchup against the Buccaneers, against whom Gurley virtually disappeared last Sunday when he totaled minus-one yard on his lone carry.
Interim coach Raheem Morris said Monday that Gurley's role has changed and Ito Smith has usurped him as the Falcons' lead runner, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
Gurley only had three touches during Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay, and he's been outpaced by Smith in terms of carries, 25-15, since Week 13, so even without Morris' admission it was clear that Gurley has fallen out of favor in Atlanta's offense. The three-time Pro Bowler is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry through 13 games, putting him on pace to log a second straight season below the 4.0 mark. Meanwhile, Smith is up to 4.3 YPC on the year, and he's been the definitively better option on the ground in recent weeks. As D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, Morris named Smith's performance as the reason for the role swap, rather than any sort of injury on Gurley's part.
Gurley lost a yard on his lone carry, adding two catches for 15 yards during Sunday's 31-27 loss to Tampa Bay.
Gurley made an impressive one-handed grab to help Atlanta move the chains on a 3rd-and-9 during the game's opening drive, but a key missed block in pass protection led to decreased involvement down the stretch. It's hard to believe Gurley would have enjoyed much success on the ground anyhow in a matchup against Tampa Bay's top-ranked rush defense. The three-time Pro Bowler has averaged just 2.7 yards per carry since Week 6. Ito Smith, meanwhile, has equaled or exceeded Gurley's rush attempts total over each of the past three games both backs have been in the lineup.
Gurley collected 19 yards on six carries, adding two catches for 12 yards during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Chargers.
Gurley's involvement all but dissolved in the second half, as he received one offensive touch between the third and fourth quarters combined. Ito Smith, meanwhile, fielded nine touches over the second half Sunday. The 2017 NFL Offensive Player of the Year has scored four touchdowns since Week 6, but he's been incredibly inefficient as a rusher during that span, managing just 2.7 yards per carry over 102 attempts. Atlanta's upcoming matchup against Tampa Bay's top-ranked rush defense provides a formidable opponent for both Gurley and Smith in Week 15.
Gurley (knee) doesn't have a designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game against the Chargers, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Gurley was held out of practice Friday, but it appears that was just for maintenance. Coach Raheem Morris said he expects the running back to return to his normal role this Sunday, following an absence Week 12 and season-low 33 percent snap share Week 13. Gurley took 14 or more carries in each of Atlanta's first nine games this year, scoring nine TDs despite averaging only 3.7 YPC.
Coach Raheem Morris said Gurley (knee) "feels a lot more healthy this week" and should work in his typical role Sunday against the Chargers, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The 26-year-old had eight carries and played 33 percent of the offensive snaps Week 13 while managing the knee injury, but he's expected to put in his usual workload this weekend. Gurley was a limited participant at the first two practices of the week, and he could avoid an injury designation for Sunday if he's able to put in a full practice Friday.
Gurley (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
For a second consecutive day, the Falcons have placed a cap on Gurley's reps as he continues to tend to a knee injury. After logging a 33-percent share of the offensive snaps this past Sunday against the Saints, he's expected to have a "bigger role" moving forward, as interim coach Raheem Morris relayed to Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. Friday's injury report may give a hint whether Gurley is fully ready to take on a lead role out of the Falcons backfield.
Gurley (knee) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
In his return from a one-game absence in Sunday's loss to the Saints, Gurley split work with Brian Hill and Ito Smith (neck), turning his nine touches into 22 yards from scrimmage on a 33-percent offensive snap share. Both Gurley and Smith were limited with respective health concerns Wednesday, but after interim coach Raheem Morris said Monday that Gurley will have a "bigger role" moving forward, the 26-year-old is likely taking it easy with his knee this week. The next two days of practice may be telling for the breakdown of backfield work in the Falcons' Week 14 matchup with the Chargers.
Coach Raheem Morris said Monday that he expects Gurley to have a larger role during Sunday's road game against the Chargers, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Morris said that Gurley handled a "situational" role as a runner and pass protector during last weekend's 21-16 loss to the Saints, in which he and Ito Smith each logged eight carries. Gurley was listed as 'questionable' due to a knee injury heading into the divisional loss, so if he's able to get closer to full health during practice this week it would make sense for his carry tally to increase. A matchup against Los Angeles' second-worst run defense could provide Gurley with exactly the kind of bounce-back opportunity he needs.
Gurley registered 16 yards on eight carries, hauling in his lone target for four yards during Sunday's 21-16 loss to the Saints.
Gurley and Ito Smith split the RB carries 8-8 on the afternoon, with the veteran shouldering 100 percent of the workload after Smith went down at the five-minute mark of the fourth quarter due to a head injury. The two-time All-Pro struggled to find open lanes against the Saints' No. 2 rush defense, while game script worked against him with Atlanta trailing by two possessions for much of the second half. A Week 14 matchup against the Chargers provides the opportunity for a bounceback as Los Angeles ranks second-worst in the NFL with 5.0 yards allowed per carry to opposing backs.
Gurley (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Saints, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Gurley didn't practice at all before he was ruled out for a Week 12 matchup with the Raiders. This week, though, he managed limited showings Wednesday and Friday, setting him up for a return to action. After a one-game respite, Gurley will take on a New Orleans defense that has been stingy versus running backs, allowing just 3.5 yards per carry (third best in the NFL) and the fewest touchdowns (five) to the position this season.
Gurley (knee), who is listed as questionable, is expected to play Sunday against New Orleans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The 26-year-old suffered the knee injury Week 11 against the Saints and was unable to play during last week's win over the Raiders, but he should be back in action Sunday. There's been no indication if the team plans to give Gurley a full workload or ease him back from the injury, but he should at least receive the start. Brian Hill and Ito Smith split playing time in his absence and figure to do so again should Gurley aggravate the injury.
The Falcons list Gurley (knee) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, Tori McElhaney of The Athletic reports.
After sitting out last week's blowout win over the Raiders with the knee issue, Gurley practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday to begin Week 13 prep before downgrading to no activity Thursday. The fact that he's not being listed as doubtful or out for Sunday suggests Gurley was able to get back on the field in some fashion Friday, but the running back still isn't out of the woods yet. If Gurley ultimately gains clearance for the Week 13 matchup, he would likely start, but he could notice a role reduction if the Falcons prefer to ease him back in from the injury. Behind Gurley, Brian Hill and Ito Smith are next up for snaps and touches out of the Atlanta backfield.
Gurley (knee) didn't practice Thursday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
As McFadden noted, Gurley typically has been given one day off per week this season. However, Gurley didn't practice at all last week before his first absence of the season and now has downgraded from a limited session Wednesday to no activity one day later. His listing on Friday's injury report will be telling for his status for Sunday's game against the Saints.
Gurley (knee) will work in a limited fashion at practice Wednesday, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Interim coach Raheem Morris indicated that the Falcons will take things "day by day" with Gurley this week, but at this stage, the running back appears to have some chance to return to action Sunday against the Saints. If he doesn't, however, Brian Hill and Ito Smith would once again be in line to handle the team's rushing duties.
Gurley (knee) will not play in Sunday's game against the Raiders, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
The Falcons haven't provided details on Gurley's knee injury, but we do know they held him out of practice all week. Brian Hill figures to take over the lead backfield role Sunday, with Qadree Ollison and Ito Smith providing depth.
Gurley (knee) isn't practicing Friday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
A third straight absence suggests Gurley is in serious danger of missing Sunday's game against the Raiders. We should have another update Friday afternoon when the Falcons release their final injury report.
Gurley (knee) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's estimated practice report, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Gurley has yet to log any practice reps this week as he tends to a knee concern. There's been no indication that the injury is threatening his ability to play Sunday against the Raiders. Having said that, Gurley's status could be clarified when the Falcons release their final Week 12 injury report Friday.
Gurley didn't practice Wednesday due to a knee injury, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Gurley has chronic issues with his left knee, but it's unclear if his current concern is related. If so, his absence to start Week 12 prep may be maintenance-related. Despite that, Gurley still has two more chances to make an impression on Atlanta's training staff before the team makes a call on his potential availability heading into Sunday's game against the Raiders.
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