Todd Gurley has yet to do on-field work this offseason as knee reportedly continues to be 'a concern'

Few players in the NFL have been as productive as Todd Gurley has when healthy, but that unpredictable factor has been a major question mark throughout the offseason for the Los Angeles Rams.

Gurley eclipsed 1,800 total yards for the second straight season last year, but he missed the last two regular season games with a knee injury, which also limited him to just 34 touches in three postseason games.

The Athletic’s Jay Glazer addressed Gurley’s health in a Q&A on Thursday, where he answered a fan’s question about his repeated concern for the All-Pro back:

“It is a concern. The sky isn’t falling but even now, they’re being smart about it. It did swell up on him last year, this is a knee that has had wear and tear. Eventually, you’re going to factor this in especially with them having to sit him down the stretch last year. It’s not all doom and gloom, but it is definitely something you have to monitor and be prepared for in case that thing blows up on him again. We already learned that lesson last year. That’s why he isn’t doing any on-field work yet.”

With Gurley's cap hit rising to $9.2 million this season — not to mention $17.25 million next year — his health will be of the upmost concern. With him nearly taking up 10 percent of the team’s salary cap soon, they won’t be able to take a zero from him.

There were already reports of Gurley’s declining production last season having to do with wear and tear, but other reports suggested arthritis was the culprit, which is far more concerning.

That Gurley has yet to participate in on-field drills during OTAs is a little concerning, and it will be worth keeping an eye on him during the team’s mandatory minicamp from June 11-13.

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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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What would the Rams do without Gurley?

The Rams chose not to retain last season’s folk hero C.J. Anderson, who wound up signing a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Detroit Lions, but they have other options in-house.

Los Angeles was without its first- and second-round picks in April’s draft but traded its first two picks to move up in the third round to select Darrell Henderson. The third running back taken in the draft, Henderson racked up 1,909 rushing yards at Memphis last season, which was good for second in the nation.

Gurley is not expected to miss any game time at this point, but it would not be surprising to see him dip below 20 touches per game or 300 touches per season. The Rams need to maintain his health, and their investment in Henderson shows that they don’t need Gurley to shoulder such a large load going forward.

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