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“Gurley’s Left Knee Must Be Managed”

Running back Todd Gurley, who is set to sign a one-year, $5 million deal with the Falcons, has a troublesome left knee injury that the team must managed, according to Dr. David J. Chao.

“The arthritis in his knee will not go away but can be managed,” wrote Chao in his Thursday update after Gurley was released by the Rams. “Gurley still has plenty of football left in him, but his carriers/touches will need to be limited as well as his practice time. Going forward, Gurley can still add value as a part-time running back, but teams need to adjust expectations given the health of his left knee.”

Chao is a former NFL team doctor for 17 years and practicing orthopedic surgeon.

“Just two years after a record setting deal with the Rams he has been released,” Chao wrote. “We discussed his left knee in multiplearticles and subscriber updates while also foreshadowing in our (exhibition) season injury report that Gurley was no longer a bell-cow running back.”

Gurley averaged 3.8 yards per carry last season and put up career lows in carries (223) and yards (857).

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37 minutes ago, wartownfalcon said:

“Gurley’s Left Knee Must Be Managed”

Running back Todd Gurley, who is set to sign a one-year, $5 million deal with the Falcons, has a troublesome left knee injury that the team must managed, according to Dr. David J. Chao.

“The arthritis in his knee will not go away but can be managed,” wrote Chao in his Thursday update after Gurley was released by the Rams. “Gurley still has plenty of football left in him, but his carriers/touches will need to be limited as well as his practice time. Going forward, Gurley can still add value as a part-time running back, but teams need to adjust expectations given the health of his left knee.”

Chao is a former NFL team doctor for 17 years and practicing orthopedic surgeon.

“Just two years after a record setting deal with the Rams he has been released,” Chao wrote. “We discussed his left knee in multiplearticles and subscriber updates while also foreshadowing in our (exhibition) season injury report that Gurley was no longer a bell-cow running back.”

Gurley averaged 3.8 yards per carry last season and put up career lows in carries (223) and yards (857).

To put a little bit of perspective on this though, David Chao has never actually examined Gurley.  He commented based on observations/news reporting.   As this article notes, he was still the fastest player on the field at the Super Bowl the year before last despite the knee issues.  

 

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/profootballdoc/sd-sp-pfd-todd-gurley-arthritis-knee-rams-0302-story.html?_amp=true

 

 

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1 minute ago, E. T. said:

How he's featured in this DK offense will be key. I still say we must draft a Big bruiser somewhere

Ollison can be that guy. However, I do think we'll still draft a RB in the 3-5 rounds considering Ito has finished the last two seasons on IR and Gurley's knee question marks. 

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18 minutes ago, The Don™ said:

150 carries. 50-70 receptions. Key third down weapon out of the backfield. Let him get into space with cutbacks and run tosses. He can still turn a corner, cutback effectively, catch the ball and make people miss. 

And just the threat of Gurley is gonna be huge. When the Rams were rolling (it wasn't just Gurley that fell off last year, the whole offense did), the entire offense was built around that threat.

Just a shame we have Koeter again. If Shanny were still here it could be the most unstoppable force the league has ever seen. If Koeter can't get it done with this cast, definitely time to cut bait, so win-win I guess.

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4 minutes ago, The Don™ said:

Ollison can be that guy. However, I do think we'll still draft a RB in the 3-5 rounds considering Ito has finished the last two seasons on IR and Gurley's knee question marks. 

I agree, Ollison can contribute in short yardage or red zone situations, but nothing like having a bowling ball that can move piles. I think if we trade back and pickup more picks, we are for sure targeting a RB.

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I think all running backs need to have their workload managed in the modern NFL. The bell-cow back is dead.

I don't know the specifics of his knee injury, but people saying he's finished because he has arthritis in his 20's are talking out of their ***. 90% of league are most likely suffering with some kind of arthritis.

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The Falcons have invested draft picks at RB in each of the last few drafts.

2014 Freeman

2015 Coleman

2017 Hill

2018 Ito

2019 Ollison

Before the Gurley signing I had us going RB this year too. Now, however, I cant imagine us investing another draft pick at the position and cutting ties with one, and potentially 2 of our recent draftee's just to make room on the 53 man. 
 

I think we may ride it out with this committee and go heavy on defense where we need starters and depth upgrades more

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1 hour ago, FentayeJones said:

Falcons have been managing Julio for the past three of four years pretty well. They even started managing Mack last year in practice. I'm sure they will have a plan For Gurley also. 

Gurley doesn’t have to carry the ball 30+ times a game. He doesn’t have to be a bell cow. And we still have the committee behind him. I hope they keep Hill and even Smith. 18-22 carries a game should suffice. As a TEAM we can run the ball 30+ times a game but as an individual 18 is a good target for gurley. 

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1 minute ago, TheFatboi said:

Gurley doesn’t have to carry the ball 30+ times a game. He doesn’t have to be a bell cow. And we still have the committee behind him. I hope they keep Hill and even Smith. 18-22 carries a game should suffice. As a TEAM we can run the ball 30+ times a game but as an individual 18 is a good target for gurley. 

Yeah I agree.

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