The St. Louis Rams are holding back Todd Gurley early on during his rookie season, with the hopes that he’ll be fresh and ready for the long haul.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Gurley will likely be held out at least the first three weeks as they gauge his recovery from his ACL tear in college.

Gurley has been cleared for contact drills by the team, and Rams coach Jeff Fisher said he could see an increased workload in practice in the days ahead.

“I would definitely want to be playing but like I said I knew it was going to be a long journey,” Gurley said. “You’ve got to be patient, but when the time comes, it comes. I’ll be ready for it.”

Gurley says he’s ready to do everything but play.

By Glenn Erby

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