The Los Angeles Rams could sign 10 of the biggest free agents in the market this offseason, and the topic of conversation would still find it's way back to one question:
What's going on with Todd Gurley and his knee?
Ever since the franchise-RB inexplicably went missing the NFC Championship game vs. the New Orleans Saints, subsequently followed by a major absence in the Super Bowl vs. the New England Patriots, rumors of a looming knee injury have boiled to the surface.
Gurley — who last July signed a four-year extension worth $60 million, with $45 million guaranteed — was reported to have arthritis in his right knee after combining for just 14 carries in the two most important games of the season.
The front office has been mysteriously vague about the details of his injury, and Rams' coach Sean McVay danced around the question when asked at Eric Weddle's introductory press conference.
"I don't know exactly medically when you categorize what arthritis is," McVay said, via ESPN's Lindsey Thiry. "I do know that just from the amount of work that he's had, there's been a wear and tear on that knee."
While questions about the severity of Gurley's knee remain, a worry about potential long-term ailments remains present. The Rams plan to fill out their running back staff this off-season, looking to re-sign C.J. Anderson and Malcolm Brown to start.
"I got a really good gut that if we go the free-agent route it will be re-signing C.J.," Snead said. "Because the key was you want all those guys to complement each other. So that would be my gut in free agency."
No matter how stacked the RB depth chart is, though, a nagging injury to the Rams' show horse would be a major step back, and the coaching staff and front office don't seem to be able to offer much optimism at the time being.
"You got to let it play itself out," he said, adding, "Like anything else, it's an ongoing evaluation."