Pro football doctor: Gurley’s left knee must be managed

Running back Todd Gurley, who is set to sign a one-year, $5 million deal with the Falcons, has a troublesome left knee injury that the team must managed, according to Dr. David J. Chao.

“The arthritis in his knee will not go away but can be managed,” wrote Chao in his Thursday update after Gurley was released by the Rams. “Gurley still has plenty of football left in him, but his carriers/touches will need to be limited as well as his practice time. Going forward, Gurley can still add value as a part-time running back, but teams need to adjust expectations given the health of his left knee.”

Chao is a former NFL team doctor for 17 years and practicing orthopedic surgeon.

"Just two years after a record setting deal with the Rams he has been released," Chao wrote. "We discussed his left knee in multiplearticles and subscriber updates while also foreshadowing in our (exhibition) season injury report that Gurley was no longer a bell-cow running back."

Gurley averaged 3.8 yards per carry last season and put up career lows in carries (223) and yards (857).


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