Todd Gurley will not play for the St Louis Rams until at least week four of the regular season despite being cleared to do everything in practice.
Ian Rapoport reported the first rounder will be held out for at least the first three weeks of the season, as the team wants to make sure he is fully recovered from his ACL injury which occurred during his time in college.
Gurley said to the St Louis Post-Dispatch: “I would definitely want to be playing but like I said I knew it was going to be a long journey. You’ve got to be patient, but when the time comes, it comes. I’ll be ready for it.”
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The running back will miss the Rams first three games against the Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fellow running back Tre Mason is also sidelined with a hamstring injury, meaning the NFC West side is facing real trouble in the position.
Gurley is expected to be the starting running back for the Rams once he is allowed to play. He was selected with the tenth overall pick of the draft this year, so the team expect him to live up to the same, if not better, calibre than former running back Steven Jackson.
Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher has said he is going to increase the running back's workload in practice to see how he is progressing in his rehabilitation.
He said according to NFL.com: "We're just going to build his reps on the practice field and we'll just see. We're going to probably pad up tomorrow, so he'll get a lot of reps tomorrow and then we'll back down Thursday and then go out there and have a fast Friday and he'll get a lot of reps. That's what we're looking for for him and we'll see how he is at the end of the week."