The Los Angeles Rams notably reached the Super Bowl a season ago, though the NFC West franchise ultimately saw its season come to an end surrounded by controversy. With running back Todd Gurley helping to lead the Rams to an NFC Championship in 2018, the All-Pro rusher then saw limited playing time during the postseason — due to injury, so it seems.

Nonetheless, Rams head coach Sean McVay is already assuring everyone that Gurley’s ailing knee will be just fine for the upcoming 2019 campaign.

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The Rams don’t appear to be banking on Gurley’s knee holding up, though. As a result of the team’s third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Rams selected former Memphis Tigers running back Darrell Henderson, who may be forced to serve as an insurance policy for the oft-injured Gurley — whether Los Angeles likes it or not.

“This had to do with his skill set,” the aforementioned McVay recently told ESPN when asked if Henderson’s addition was linked to Gurley’s ongoing knee troubles. “He was a player that we identified as a unique playmaker.”

The Rams remain one of the best teams in the entire NFL, especially if Gurley can return to form sooner rather than later. Taking on the New Orleans Saints and then the New England Patriots to conclude the team’s 2018 campaign, the Rams could find themselves up against the same two teams late in the year in 2019 as well. However, if Los Angeles is going to overcome both or even one of those teams, Gurley must be at full strength.