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Sean McVay says Rams drafting RB had nothing to do with Todd Gurley’s knee

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The Los Angeles Rams selected University of Memphis running back Darrell Henderson in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft on Friday night, so cue all of the worrying about Todd Gurley’s knee.

Rams head coach Sean McVay insists that the team’s decision to go with Henderson has nothing to do with Gurley’s health status and is merely about Henderson’s talent, but good luck convincing everyone else of that:

“Yes. This had to do with his skillset,” McVay said, per Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “He was a player that we identified as a unique playmaker. He can obviously so some things as a runner, but the versatility that he provides and some of the things that he can do are what was so enticing about him for us. You see the explosiveness — over 8 yards a carry. There’s a lot of good things that you’d seen with what he’s done and his resume at Memphis. We’re excited to get him in here and get to work and really learn under Todd and Malcolm (Brown).”

Gurley injured his knee back in Week 15 and proceeded to miss the final two games of the regular season.

He then returned for Los Angeles’ Divisional Round playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys and seemed just fine, racking up 115 yards and a couple of touchdowns on the ground.

However, Gurley then carried the ball just four times for 10 yards during the Rams’ victory over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game, which caused people to worry about Gurley’s knee all over again. His 35-yard performance in the Super Bowl did not help matters much, either.

But, McVay says Gurley is just fine, so we should take him at his word.