Gurley finding little room to run as O-line injuries mount for Rams

Rams rookie Toddy Gurley has not had a run of more than nine yards in his last two games.
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The St. Louis Rams are in a freefall and not even rookie sensation Todd Gurley has been unable to halt the spiral.

Gurley's record-setting start to his career has taken a severe dip during a three-game losing streak as the Rams try to battle through a wave of injuries that has ravaged the offensive line.

Although Gurley has scored a touchdown in five straight games, he has failed to rush for 100 yards during the three-game skid after setting an NFL record by becoming the first rookie to run for at least 125 yards in each of his first four starts.

During Sunday's loss to Baltimore, the Rams were without five offensive linemen and the absences are reflected in Gurley's performances. He had a league-best three runs of at least 45 yards in his first three starts, but his longest run in the past two contests is nine yards.

“Ain't no excuse,” Gurley told reporters Monday. “That stuff's gonna happen. That's whey we got guys to step us. … We've just got to get back right and have a great week of practice  and stay positive.”

St. Louis already owns the league's worst passing attack with a paltry average of 173.9 yards per game. That alone allows defenses to stack the box and focus on stopping Gurley.

“We have to do some different things in the run game,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said at his media briefing Monday. “Todd’s longest carry yesterday was seven yards and the longest last week was nine so we have to do a better job up front. But, it’s also related to the injury factor and we lost five offensive linemen here. We’re rolling them and we’re going to have them ready.” 

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