Koetter: 'No One Seems to Know' Gurley's Health Status

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By 92-9 The Game

Welp. That's not exactly what you want to hear about a newly-signed player that is supposed to be an important cog to the offense.

Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter raised some eyebrows with a statement he made during a video conference Wednesday morning, claiming that "the main question, that no one seems to know, is what is his health status?".

Dirk Koetter in a media conference call said about Todd Gurley today: "The main question, that no one seems to know, is what is his health status?"

— Mike Conti (@MikeConti929) May 14, 2020

"His" health, of course, is referring to running back Todd Gurley's health, who has experienced a bevy of injuries throughout his career. It came as a surprise to the NFL community when the Rams suddenly cut ties with their star running back, a move that saw the team take on $28 million in dead cap over the next two seasons in order to get rid of the former Offensive Player of the Year.

Damn I got fired on my day off-- #QuaratineAndChill

— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) March 19, 2020

It wasn't long after that the Falcons signed him to a relatively inexpensive contract. It still wasn't cheap, at $5 million for one year.

Perhaps now we get a better explanation as to why the Rams let him loose, though, as Koetter's statement makes it seem like he may not be healthy. He could be completely fine, though, based on what the OC shared over the conference call. It's completely unknown.

That's what makes the quote so confusing. NFL reporter Dov Kleiman made a good point, mentioning that Koetter was formerly a head coach, and so he should know what's good and what's bad to reveal publicly. This seems like an issue that could have been kept internally, as letting that unknown aspect of Gurley's status become known adds a good amount of intrigue to the signing and potential stress to Gurley and the organization.
Gurley's injury history, primarily regarding issues with his knee, are well-known throughout the league. Former running back Terrell Davis says that he dealt with similar issues, and is doubtful that Gurley would ever be able to return to form. 

Only time will tell if Gurley can continue to play at a high level, but with serious question marks within the Falcons organization coming to light, fans have the right to feel skeptical. Brian Hill, Qadree Ollison, and Ito Smith remain as the backfield options behind Gurley following the release of Devonta Freeman.