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Falcons GM speaks out on Todd Gurley’s knee issues

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The Atlanta Falcons signed running back Todd Gurley last month after he was cut by the Los Angeles Rams, knowing full well that he has a knee issue.

However, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is not concerned. According to William McFadden of the Falcons’ website:

“We looked closely at it. We have language in our contracts that will protect us and the player … We’re not looking at it that way.”

Dimitroff added that Atlanta feels “very comfortable with it.”

Gurley spent the first five seasons of his career with the Rams and is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he rushed for a career-low 857 yards. He did punch in 12 touchdowns, but he averaged just 3.8 yards per carry and also tallied a career-low 31 catches.

The 25 year old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Georgia, was originally selected by the Rams with the 10th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Gurley proceeded to make the Pro Bowl in three of his first four seasons, adding a couple of First-Team All-Pro selections to boot. He also led the NFL in rushing scores in back-to-back years in 2017 and 2018.

However, in Week 15 of 2018, Gurley sustained a knee injury that knocked him out for the final two weeks of the regular season. He returned for the playoffs and had a terrific game in the Divisional round, gashing the Dallas Cowboys for 115 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but he was a virtual no-show in both the NFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl.

Since then, it has been revealed that Gurley has an arthritic condition in his knee.