The Facts: Gurley's trainer Travelle Gaines confirmed to CBS Sports that his client is dealing with an "arthritic component to his knee," but stressed that Gurley will be ready for the 2019 season. "Everybody knew when Todd came out of Georgia that there would be some kind of arthritic component to his knee, which is part of every surgery whether it's a shoulder, a knee, an ankle," Gaines said late last week. "He's now at the year-five mark, all we're doing is managing that. If we can pound him less in the offseason while keeping his weight down, working on his strength, working on his agility in short areas, that's going to give him a better chance to be healthy Weeks 14 through 17 when they really count."
Diehards Line:When asked about Gurley losing touches, potentially to new rookie Darrell Henderson, Gaines expressed optimism. "It's never been told to me that there's a plan to decrease his workload come Week 1," Gaines said. ... The Athletic reported in March that Gurley was dealing with arthritis, but that was never confirmed by the team or by Gurley. HC Sean McVay has only discussed a plan put in place for Gurley to follow this offseason, noting as recently as last week that Gurley "looks good" after doing "some things over here that we thought would be good from a maintenance standpoint." Those things aren't actually anything different than what Gurley's been doing during each of the last three offseasons since Gaines became Gurley's trainer in Los Angeles. "Not one thing has changed," said Gaines. "Our routine has worked, he's been strong, he's been in great shape, he's done well. The plan, per Gaines, is to spend all of July ramping up Gurley's work away from the field so that he can participate in training camp. And after that? "Todd is asked to do a lot in that offense, so to preserve him as much as possible is what the goal of the game is," he said. The Rams didn't use Gurley in any preseason games last year, something Gaines expects to happen again this fall. ... Stay tuned.