Gurley Watch: A day off and a No. 2 seed for the Rams

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Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley celebrates during a game in November.


Sports Writer

Monday, December 31, 2018

By design, Todd Gurley sat out on Sunday in the regular season finale against the 49ers, an eventual 48-32 win for the Rams. The Tarboro native missed last week’s game against Arizona as well, dealing with soreness in his left knee.

“We don't feel like it's going to be at the point where they're ready to go," Rams coach Sean McVay told ESPN of Gurley and another hobbled teammate. "So we want to continue to be smart with that."

The good news is that, with the win, Los Angeles finished the season at 13-3 and with a No. 2 seed overall. The team has a bye for next week’s divisional round and will host the second-lowest remaining seed once this week’s playoff games are over.

Gurley ended the season with 14 games played, 1,251 yards on the ground, and 21 touchdowns overall, good for first in the league despite missing the final two games.

McVay added this past weekend that he expects Gurley to be ready for the playoffs.

In the AFC, another Tarboro native — defensive end Tyquan Lewis — will be part of a playoff team as well. Lewis, who made his debut for the Colts earlier this season, left the game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, but Indianapolis won the contest and clinched a playoff spot.

The 10-6 Colts will play the 11-5 Texans in Houston on Saturday, Jan. 1 at 4:35 p.m.