Rams RB Todd Gurley to sit, Jared Goff iffy for Saturday

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) is more than content to sit out the preseason.Photo Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Gurley: "I’m kind of happy not to be playing in it."

The next time Todd Gurley sees the playing field, it will be Week 1 of the regular season.

Gurley has yet to play in the preseason and will sit out again when the Los Angeles Rams face the visiting Houston Texans on Saturday afternoon

Rams coach Sean McVay said Thursday that Gurley may not be the only one of the teams elite offensive players to miss Saturdays game. McVay still is unsure if starting quarterback Jared Goff will see any action.

Well find out. Theres a lot of things going into it, said McVay, per the teams official website. So, like we talked about these guys up front, that has an effect on what we end up doing. So, to say that weve decided that yet wouldnt be true.

The concerns over McVay have to do with the health of Los Angeles offensive line. Tackle Andrew Whitworth and center John Sullivan have been ruled out of Saturdays game, and tackle Rob Havenstein is dealing with a tweak in his ankle.

Gurley, who signed a four-year contract extension worth an estimated $60 million in the offseason, is not shedding any tears over playing the role of spectator.

That is everyones dream to not play in the preseason, said Gurley. No, I mean some guys are different. Obviously, at the end of the day, its always going to be different between playing in the preseason and playing in the regular season. Im kind of happy not to be playing in it, but its definitely good for some guys as well, too. Some guys just like being out there to get a feel for it and to see, but not this guy.

Gurley is coming off a magnificent season in which he led Los Angeles to the NFC West title and won the AP Offensive Player of the Year award.

The NFL leader in touchdowns (19) and scrimmage yards (2,093) in 2017, Gurley also finished second in rushing yards (1,305), so McVay knows its vital to keep his franchise back healthy.

Well, weve done a little bit different approach in terms of working him out just with some things going on just in his lower half. Just getting him up to speed in the way that weve kind of felt like to get him at his best for September 10, said McVay. Theres nothing like truly playing football. I totally agree and understand that, but that was kind of what we felt like all things being considered was going to be the best approach with him.

Goff, like Gurley, did not express any reservations of a lack of playing time in the preseason.

No, weve gotten plenty of work and feel good, said Goff. Again, Im planning to play but if something were to come up where it doesnt happen, then thats what they decide to do.

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