NFL Rumors: Rams mulling stem cell treatment for Todd Gurley's knee

Darren Hartwell
NBC Sports Boston

NFL Rumors: Rams mulling stem cell treatment for Todd Gurley's knee originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com

Both the Los Angeles Rams and Todd Gurley insisted his knee was healthy entering Super Bowl LIII.

All signs since then suggest that status changed during the game against the New England Patriots -- or simply wasn't true to begin with.

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The latest clue offers the clearest evidence: The Rams may consider giving Gurley stem cell treatment on his left knee if his health regresses this offseason, CBS Sports' John Breech reported Friday, citing a team source.

Stem cell treatment would be a drastic option for Gurley, as the previous NFL running backs to undergo such treatment -- Jamaal Charles and Knowshon Moreno among them -- were recovering from ACL tears.

Rams coach Sean McVay didn't confirm that stem cell treatment is on the table for Gurley but admitted his medical staff is looking at "new methods" of treatment.

That Gurley's knee is a chief concern for L.A.'s medical staff seems to confirm C.J. Anderson's insistence in mid-February that Gurley was "more hurt than we thought" in the Rams' 13-3 loss to the Patriots.

The All-Pro running back had just 10 carries for 35 yards in Super Bowl LIII after rushing for 1,251 yards and 17 touchdowns during the regular season.

Gurley did miss the final two games of the 2018 regular season with "knee inflammation," prompting the Rams to add Anderson as insurance.

The 24-year-old wasn't listed on the injury report entering Super Bowl LIII, but it seems quite clear now he was nowhere near 100 percent in that contest.

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