Hawaii is on hold for Gurley

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Football

LOS ANGELES -- His memories of Hawaii are nothing but fond.

Todd Gurley traveled there for the Pro Bowl after his rookie season in 2015. He earned a bonus for playing on the winning team. He also apparently ate great food.

"Had some of the best chicken ever of my life down in Hawaii, on the side of a street somewhere," Gurley said Tuesday. "It was pretty good."

Gurley said he would welcome an opportunity to return to Hawaii, but he probably won't make the trip there with teammates when they head to Honolulu for the preseason game Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys at Aloha Stadium.

"That's Coach's decision," Gurley said. "I would love to just go to Hawaii, sit back, sip on some pineapple juice, chill at whatever hotel we're staying.

"Who would complain about going to Hawaii?"


Coach Sean McVay is not playing starters in preseason games. McVay said Gurley "more likely than not" would remain home this weekend. That comes as no surprise.

The Rams held Gurley out of offseason workouts, and they have managed his workload during training camp and preseason practices to prevent a recurrence of the left knee issue that slowed and sidelined him late last season.

McVay has constantly reiterated that there is a plan in place for handling Gurley, who before last season signed an extension with $45 million in guarantees.

"He's continuing to really show a lot of the things that make him such an elite player, and I think he's feeling really good," McVay said this week. "I think it's been a smart plan."


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