It’s been the expectation for the last couple weeks, but now it’s as official as it can be: Running back Todd Gurley is expected to play against the Cowboys in the Divisional round.
Gurley was a full participant on Los Angeles’ Thursday injury report for the club’s last practice of the week. And head coach Sean McVay indicated it’s been nothing but positive for the star running back throughout the week.
“He looks like Todd. He looks the explosive, great back that we’re accustomed to seeing,” McVay said. “He’s feeling good. He’s had a great week of preparation. And we’re expecting him to be ready to go.”
Gurley missed the final two regular-season games with a knee injury, but said following Wednesday’s practice that he’s been feeling good throughout the week.
Safety Lamarcus Joyner — who missed Week 17 with an ankle injury — also does not have an injury status and is expected to play. He’s been a full participant in practice all week and said following Thursday’s session that he’s “100 percent.”
Fellow safety Blake Countess (concussion) is also expected to play on Saturday, which is significant for Los Angeles’ special teams unit. Countess is one of the team’s special teams aces, playing 75 percent of the unit’s snaps during the regular season. He was a full participant in Thursday’s practice.
There’s only one Rams player with an injury status, and that’s defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks (thigh). He was limited on Wednesday but did not practice on Thursday.
“He had a little collision in practice the other day, still a little bit sore — that’s why he was a non-participant. But we are expecting him [to play],” McVay said. “He’ll be questionable, but we feel like he’ll be able to go.”
Notably on the other side, wide receiver Cole Beasley (ankle) did not practice all week and is listed as questionable.
Below are the full final injury reports for both teams.