Todd Gurley: Rams playing on Thursday is 'dumbest thing ever'

In the “Battle of L.A.” between the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers, the Rams emerged victorious. And after beating the Chargers 35-23, the Rams don’t have to look too far ahead to find their next game: it’s just four days away, a Thursday night match-up against the Minnesota Vikings.

But with the Rams banged up after a physical game against the Chargers, and only a few days to recover, one of their players is not thrilled with his team’s short week.

Todd Gurley isn’t a fan of Thursday games

Running back Todd Gurley didn’t hold back after the Rams’ win on Sunday. WhenUSA Today‘s Jarrett Bell asked Gurley how he felt about the Rams playing the Vikings on Thursday, he let it all hang out.

“Nah, it’s probably the dumbest thing ever,” the Rams star running back said after Sunday’s work day at the Coliseum, looking ahead to a short week with the Vikings coming in four days.

“But, whatever, we’ve got a game and Minnesota’s got a game as well. So, we’ve both got to show up and play.”

Tell us how you really feel, Todd.

It’s not clear if he’s unhappy that the Rams have to play on Thursday after such a physically punishing game against the Chargers, or if he’s just not fond of Thursday games in general.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 24: Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams looks on before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 01: Todd Gurley #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs carries the ball against the Buffalo Bulls at Sanford Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 22: Todd Gurley #3 and Jarvis Jones #29 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrate after the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Sanford Stadium on September 22, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
College Football: Georgia Todd Gurley (3) in action, rushing vs Tennessee at Sanford Stadium. Athens, GA 9/29/2012 CREDIT: Al Tielemans (Photo by Al Tielemans /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X155553 TK1 R4 F177 )
ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 29: Todd Gurley #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01: Running back Todd Gurley #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs carries the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first half of the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on December 1, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
CLEMSON, SC - AUGUST 31: Todd Gurley #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts after scoring a touchdown during the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)
College Football: Georgia Todd Gurley (3) during game vs South Carolina at Sanford Stadium. Athens, GA 9/7/2013 CREDIT: Bill Frakes (Photo by Bill Frakes /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X156906 TK1 R9 F114 )
ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 23: Tailback Todd Gurley #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs high fives fans near the hedges after the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Sanford Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - SEPTEMBER 13: Todd Gurley #3 of the Georgia Bulldogs looks on during the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Columbia, South Carolina. South Carolina won 38-35. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
September 27, 2014: Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) is hit by Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Malik Foreman (22) in the Georgia Bulldogs 35-32 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers at at Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
30 April 2015: Todd Gurley is selected by the St. Louis Rams for the 10th pick of the first round and poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during round 1 of the 2015 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 14: Todd Gurley #30 of the St. Louis Rams stands on the sidelines during their game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on August 14, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 25: Todd Gurley #30 of the St. Louis Rams celebrates after making a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns in the third quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on October 25, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 04: Running back Todd Gurley #30 of the St. Louis Rams runs past free safety Rashad Johnson #26 of the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 04: Running back Todd Gurley #30 of the St. Louis Rams walks off the field following the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 24-22. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 1: Todd Gurley #30 of the St. Louis Rams takes to the field during introductions before a game against the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome on November 1, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Football: Closeup of St Louis Rams Todd Gurley (30) and Stedman Bailey (12) praying before game vs Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. Minneapolis, MN 11/8/2015 CREDIT: Brad Rempel (Photo by Brad Rempel /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X160120 TK1 )
22 November 2015: St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) warms up at M&T Bank Stadium, in Baltimore, MD. (Photograph by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire) (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 13: Todd Gurley #30 of the St. Louis Rams leaps against the Detroit Lions at the Edward Jones Dome on December 13, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 18: Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley goes head-to-head against New York Jets running back Matt Forte with Chris Puckett (C) in Call Of Duty: Black Ops3 to celebrate the launch of Eclipse DLC on April 18, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Activision)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Ram celebrates after the Rams defeated the Seahawks 9-3 in the home opening NFL game at Los Angeles Coliseum on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams prepares to take the field to play in the game against the Buffalo Bills at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Kenny Britt #18, Brian Quick #83, Bradley Marquez #15 and Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams walk down the tunnel for warm ups prior to the start of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The Falcons defeated the Rams 42-14. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Regardless of why Gurley is unhappy, he’s justified either way. Playing Thursday after a Sunday game is difficult. Normally, physical recovery tasks for players are stretched out to accommodate a full week between games. But with just four days to prepare, everything is on an accelerated schedule. While Gurley was talking to USA Today, there were 12 massage tables set up in the locker room with players being massaged, the strength and conditioning coach was standing in the middle and giving orders, and players were told to keep their interviews short so they could pay attention to recovery.

The Rams could be missing several key players

While Sunday-to-Thursday games will almost always be tough, the timing couldn’t be worse for the Rams. On Sunday, two of their elite players got knocked out of the game with injuries, and those injuries could keep them out of Thursday’s game.

Cornerback Marcus Peters left the game in the second quarter due to a calf injury, and had to be helped off the field and into the locker room. And then cornerback Aqib Talib left with an ankle injury in the third quarter. While it appears that both players have avoided the dreaded (and season-ending) Achilles injury, the severity of both injuries is unknown. They could be out for a week, or significantly longer. Either way, that’s not great news for Thursday’s game.

The Rams will be facing the Vikings on Thursday, the very same Vikings team that just got steamrolled by the Buffalo Bills. The Vikes will be looking for redemption after being embarrassed by the Bills, so the Rams have their work cut out for them.

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Liz Roscher is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at lizroscher@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter at @lizroscher.

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