Todd Gurley believes he will be fine vs Cardinals despite not practicing

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Todd Gurley is trying to reassure Los Angeles Rams fans about his playing status for this weekend despite the fact the team's practice reports saying the complete opposite to him.

The Rams running back was sidelined for a series in the third quarter of last Sunday night's Week 15 30-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles as he injured his left knee during a play.

The running back was able to return to the game, and he finished with 48 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and caught 10 passes for 76 yards. However, he hasn't practiced for the team since then.

This has raised concerns over his availability for this weekend's Week 16 game against the Arizona Cardinals in what is a key game for the franchise's hopes of achieving a first-round bye in the playoffs.

After the game last week, Gurley said he was fine since he was able to return, but Rams head coach Sean McVay called him day-to-day ahead of their Week 16 game and he hasn't participated in practice.

Despite showing up on the injury report after both practices this week, the running back told ESPN that he still believes he will play this Sunday.

He said: "I think I'll be fine (to play Sunday). Just taking it day by day, recovering, resting, trying to feel better."

He did admit as well that he wasn't sure if he would play if the game was taking place on Thursday, but, lucky for him, it didn't.

Gurley has been key to the Rams' success this season, as he currently ranks second in the NFL with 89.4 rushing yards per game and has scored a league-high 21 touchdowns.

Although a spot in the playoffs has been secured, the Rams would prefer to have their star running back on the field in order to try and lock down a first-round bye in the postseason, which will give him and the rest of the team a rest ahead of a Super Bowl push.

Todd Gurley is yet to practice this week ahead of the Rams game vs Cardinals

They'll secure the first-round bye if they win against the Cardinals and the Chicago Bears lose their game against the San Fransico 49ers.

Gurley said: "We got a game and I'm pretty sure me being out there, if I can be out there, I would put this team in a good position to help them win. So why wouldn't I be out there if I can play in this situation?

"We just lost two, trying to get a first-round bye, like, that's what we are trying to do. We're trying to win."

If Gurley can't go against the Cardinals, John Kelly and newly signed C.J. Anderson will likely take over the backfield.

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