Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley reportedly has been diagnosed with arthritis in his left knee, according to Jeff Howe of theathletic.com. Gurley was used very sparingly in the 2018 playoffs, especially after the divisional round game against Dallas. The diagnosis could explain the reasoning for his lack of carries during the Rams' playoff run, which ended against the Patriots in the Super Bowl. His knee issues started earlier in the season, when he was forced to miss the final two games against Arizona and San Francisco. Back in December, the Rams said it was just soreness and inflammation.
Oregon forward Jordan Bell scanned the Ducks' locker room Wednesday afternoon trying to find a player, anyone really, who hadn't gotten into some form of fight with Dillon Brooks, the team's incendiary forward. At the next stall sat Casey Benson, a please-and-thank-you type from Tempe, Ariz., who was smiling pleasantly. "Even Casey had a little run-in with him this year," Bell said. Over three seasons, Bell has learned how to deal with Brooks, how to "uh-huh" him, defuse and move on. "Some of the new people, they think this is bad," Bell said.
NFL coaching great Buddy Ryan, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 82, didn't have difficulty finding the spotlight wherever he went. From the New York Jets when they became the first AFL team to win a Super Bowl in 1968, to the Super Bears of 1985 to his last stop as the head man of the Arizona Cardinals in 1994-95, Ryan had a common theme -- "You got a winner in town." One of the best fits for that boisterous personality was his stop as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1986 to 1990. He was brash, but his teams backed up his words. He made fun of the rich owner, Norman Braman -- "that guy in France" -- who spent a lot of time overseas, and connected with the blue-collar town.