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Rams’ Todd Gurley planning to play ‘lighter’ next season

Todd Gurley, Rams

The Los Angeles Rams and Todd Gurley have been very tight-lipped about the running back’s health. It’s hard to blame them, but it’s been impossibly difficult to pin down exactly what’s wrong with him, if anything.

All offseason we’ve heard conflicting reports about Gurley’s knee, and how serious of an issue it is. There was a report that Gurley has arthritis in his knee, and that it might be degenerative. There’s also been some pushback on that speculation, but it’s hard to tell for sure. Gurley has been staying away from the team’s OTAs, so no one has been able to see him on the field, either.

But regardless of how healthy his knee is, it sounds like he’s planning on making some changes for 2019. Per Steve Wyche of NFL Network, Gurley is planning on playing at a lighter weight next season.

Wyche reports that Gurley wants to play around six pounds lighter, which should theoretically take some pressure off his knees. For a few reasons, it’s hard to believe that Gurley’s knee isn’t at least somewhat of a concern.

The Rams signed C.J. Anderson late last season, and he immediately took on a big role. Down the stretch and in the playoffs, Anderson was even out-touching Gurley. There’s simply no way the Rams would’ve been giving Anderson that many carries in a Super Bowl if Gurley was fully healthy.

The Rams also traded up last month to take running back Darrell Henderson in the third round, which understandably raised some eyebrows. Henderson looks like an insurance policy for Gurley, and a potential replacement for Anderson, who left in free agency. No one is saying much, so it’ll likely be a while before we have any clarity on Gurley’s health.