Georgia RB Todd Gurley will disappear as quickly as he returned.
Reports surfaced Sunday afternoon that Gurley’s knee injury — a torn ACL — will keep him out the remainder of the season.
— 120 Sports (@120Sports) November 16, 2014
Confirmed ACL tear for Todd Gurley. Terrible news. Was in my top 10 overall.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) November 16, 2014
In his return from a four-game suspension for violating NCAA rules, Georgia’s star running back came down awkwardly on a run late in the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury. The video of the run, at least one doctor said, appeared concerning as a non-contact injury, a common occurrence with ACL tears.
Gurley walked off the field with the help of some trainers, which wrapped his knee with ice on the sideline as teammates Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley consoled him. He was later carted out of the stadium after the game.
The news of this ACL injury likely will end Gurley’s college career a few games earlier than originally thought. The junior running back was expected to declare for the NFL Draft after the season ended.
Although UGA’s running game didn’t suffer during Gurley’s suspension thanks to Nick Chubb, the fans missed watching Gurley play and his presence seemed to provide an emotional lift to his teammates.
If the Bulldogs do make it to the SEC championship game, the team will be forced to compete without their leader.
Related: Video of Todd Gurley’s injury