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Rams’ Sean McVay ‘hopeful’ Todd Gurley can play Week 7 vs. Falcons

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The Los Angeles Rams hope to have running back Todd Gurley back for Week 7 against the Atlanta Falcons amid the first three-game losing streak in the Sean McVay era. The superstar back missed the team’s 20-7 Week 6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers with a quadricep injury.

According to J.B. Long of ESPN, McVay is “hopeful to be able to get him back for Atlanta.” If not, the Rams will continue to roll with Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson as their running backs.

Without Gurley, the Rams produced 109 yards and a touchdown on the ground, with the score coming off of a Robert Woods run (wide receiver). Brown received 11 carries, turning it into 40 yards. Henderson, a rookie, took advantage of his six attempts, churning out 39 yards.

It wasn’t the running game that faltered without Gurley in-place on Sunday. Quarterback Jared Goff couldn’t get anything going against a stout 49ers pass-rush. On the day, the fourth-year shot-caller went 13 of 24 for 78 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions, good for a 60.8 passer rating.

Before the injury, Gurley wasn’t having his usual season. Through the first five games, the 2017 Offensive Player of the Year amassed 270 yards and five touchdowns on 64 attempts. He also reeled in 14 receptions for 68 yards and no scores.

In 2019, the Rams have struggled to run the ball. They are averaging 98.3 rushing yards per game, good for 21st in the NFL. In 2018, Los Angeles was third in the league in the same category, with 139.1 per. In 2017 — McVay’s first year as Rams head coach — they recorded 121.6 per, good for seventh.

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