The news yesterday evening might have caused immediate buzz among Rams faithful, but after the initial delirium lasting around 0.87 seconds, the reaction should probably be, “so?”
Yes, it’s true, Rams fans: Todd Gurley, the man upon whom the hopes of this team in 2015 and for the foreseeable Jeff Fisher-led future are hung, has been cleared for full-contact practice with the team.
And he’ll be ready to play – maybe (!) – in week four against the Arizona Cardinals.
The wisdom all along has been to bring the thoroughly hyped no. 10 overall draft pick along slowly, so let’s hope there’s actual medical basis here, and that the “playing it safe” dogma isn’t solely about general manager Les Snead keeping his job after risking a first-round pick on a potential injury-riddling bust.
After all, with Tre Mason still gimpy and thus little running game available for weeks one through three – vs. Seattle, at Washington, vs. Pittsburgh – what should be a 2-1 record will come dangerously close to 0-3 depending on #ChangeTheMascot’s relative level of competence in that second game.
Ultimately, this news does little to assuage the trepidation of Rams fans that yet another classic Fisher-called slow start and a fight to .500 is this team’s fate in 2015.
Ah well, at least we still have Gurley’s highlight clips from Georgia and some old fashioned sentiments about approaching the future pragmatically. But a healthy star halfback and a playoff bid might be better.
– written by Os Davis