Dr. James Andrews: Todd Gurley (knee) ahead of schedule on rehab

Saturday February 21st, 2015

The doctor who performed knee surgery on former Georgia running back Todd Gurley said that Gurley is "probably six weeks" ahead of schedule on his recovery, according to a report from ESPN.com's Chris Mortensen.

Reports surfaced on Friday that Gurley prohibited doctors at the NFL Scouting Combine from examining his knee. Dr. James Andrews said the "fuss" he heard that Gurley didn't allow teams to examine him is "totally misleading."

From the report:

"I heard some fuss that Gurley wouldn't let teams examine him and that's just totally misleading," said Andrews. "The team physicians I have spoken with who are there -- and I have spoken to a bunch of them -- were all happy about what they saw. I mean, they're smart enough to know you can't have 32 teams pulling and tugging on a knee just 3½ months removed from surgery. But the doctors I spoke with said he looked great and I'd say he's probably six weeks ahead with his recovery."


Gurley's quad muscle is way ahead of what you would expect even at this stage and that's vital to a good recovery, as you know," said Andrews. "The Georgia trainer, Ron Courson, did a great job the first six weeks post-surgery and then Todd came here (at he Andrews Institute in Pensacola, FL) and I was very happy before he left for Indianapolis He's been running on a treadmill, running underwater, he's never had any swelling and these teams will get to see just how much more progress he will continue to make before the draft (April 30-May 2)."

Gurley suffered a torn ACL in a Nov. 15 game against Auburn, which followed a four-game suspension over an NCAA violation involving memorabilia. He said Thursday that the time table for his rehabilitation is six to nine months.

Over six games last season, Gurley rushed for 911 yards and nine touchdowns on 123 carries.

No running back has been selected in the first round of the draft since 2012, but Gurley is considered a potential first-round pick. Gurley is projected to be selected with the No. 31 pick in SI.com's latest mock draft.

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