Rams running back Todd Gurley did not participate in Thursday’s practice.
But that’s not necessarily cause for alarm, as Gurley told the media on Thursday afternoon that he’s planning on playing in Sunday’s penultimate regular-season game.
“Yeah, I think I’ll be fine,” Gurley said when asked straight up if he’ll be able to play. The running back has been dealing with knee inflammation since Sunday’s loss to the Eagles. “Just taking it day-by-day — recovering, resting, trying to feel better.”
Gurley was fairly adamant that he would be on the field — even without practicing in Week 16 — in large part because of the sense of urgency the team feels to realize its goal of securing a first-round bye. And, of course, the team has also lost consecutive games for the first time since 2016.
“Obviously, we should’ve taken care of that two weeks ago — we didn’t,” Gurley said, referring to the fact that the Rams could’ve clinched a first-round bye with a victory over the Bears. “We’re in the situation we’re in now, that’s why we need to win these last two games.”
The running back was essentially asked twice what he thought of potentially being shut down for the rest of the regular season in order to be fresher for the playoffs. And, to be frank, it clearly wasn’t an idea that appealed to him.
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“I’m here to play ball,” Gurley said. “I’m not worried about January 5th. We’re on December 20th. We play a game Sunday. Playoffs are going to take care of themselves.”
Head coach Sean McVay has said that he’s not going to put Gurley in position to compromise his health — a point that Gurley himself made clear in his press conference.
“I’m not going to tell those guys I’m fine when I’m not — and go out there and could risk something else,” Gurley said. “So, it’s a two-way street. That’s why we communicate with each other.”
Gurley did admit he hasn’t tried to run quite yet at this point in the week, which is worth noting. But based on what he was saying, it would be a bit surprising if Gurley wasn’t on the field on Sunday, helping the Rams try to win their 12th game of the season.
Elsewhere on Los Angeles’ injury report, running back Justin Davis (shoulder) also did not practice. But outside linebacker Samson Ebukam (illness) was back as as full participant.
Below is the full Thursday injury report for both teams:
LOS ANGELES RAMS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
RB Todd Gurley (knee)
RB Justin Davis (shoulder)
OLB Samson Ebukam (illness)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DE Markus Golden (ankle)
WR J.J. Nelson (illness/not-injury related)
TE Ricky Seals-Jones (illness)
S Budda Baker (knee)
DT Rodney Gunter (foot)
CB David Amerson (concussion)
WR Trent Sherfield (ankle)
WR Chad Williams (hamstring)
WR Larry Fitzgerald (not-injury related)
S Rudy Ford (ribs)
CB Patrick Peterson (illness)