Todd Gurley Out: Fantasy Football Owners, St. Louis Rams Lose Gurley For Week 1

Todd Gurley is out for the Week 1 St. Louis Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks game. With Gurley out, fantasy football owners will need to make quick roster adjustments for Week 1 of the NFL season. A report from NBC Sports revealed that Rams head coach Jeff Fisher made this an official announcement on Saturday (September 5), ruling out the rookie running back for what would have been his Rams’ debut.

This is interesting news, because there are also question marks about backup running back Tre Mason. His status is still questionable for the Rams vs. Seahawks game, meaning it could be Benny Cunningham that Fischer has to turn to. Mason is still dealing with a hamstring that he injured last month, meaning he might end up watching from the sidelines with Gurley. That would be a bad way to open the season for the Rams, especially going against one of the best defenses the NFL has seen in a while.

Todd Gurley was a first-round selection by the St. Louis Rams in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was taken 10th overall out of the University of Georgia, showing just how much the franchise was committed to improving its running game. Gurley brings a big frame to the field, providing a nice blend of speed and power that could make him very tough to bring down in the NFL. There are questions about his health that could plague him, though, as Gurley has missed time in college due to an ankle injury and then a torn ACL.

The Rams certainly took a risk by selecting Gurley so early in the 2015 NFL Draft, and fantasy football owners may have taken on that same risk during league drafts. It’s possible that Gurley won’t play a single game in the month of September, meaning he would take up a bench spot for owners during that time. If the Rams don’t place him on injured reserve, it could be an anchor to fantasy owners that like to have a fluid roster and a bench that can easily sub in for starters.

What St. Louis Rams fans should start planning for is to see Todd Gurley ruled out until about Week 5 of the NFL regular season. It’s even possible that he won’t see real game action until after the Week 6 bye, as the front office and coaching staff in St. Louis want to protect the asset from getting re-injured.

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