Rams' Todd Gurley sits against Redskins, now 'week-to-week'

LANDOVER, Md. -- In the week leading up to his team's 24-10 loss to the Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher played it coy when the potential debut of running back Todd Gurley was brought up.

Gurley spent the week practicing with the team after Fisher said that there was a chance he could play in Washington. Gurley was listed as a full participant in practice every day and questionable for the game.

On Friday, Fisher said Gurley would be a "game time" decision. But really, the decision was made well before the game as Gurley went through an extensive workout before it started but never under the watchful eye of a coaching staff attempting to evaluate whether he'd play or not.

"He did a lot pregame, as a matter of fact because we had decided not to play him," Fisher said.

Indeed, the Rams likely decided that Gurley would sit before Sunday but wanted to keep a little bit of doubt in Washington's minds. So Gurley spent the pregame doing a workout which included running the ladder, some stretching and some jogging. When it was done, he signed some autographs and took pictures with Rams fans on the sideline.

Sitting Gurley was the right move as he closes in on making his return from the torn ACL suffered last November. Next week against Pittsburgh seems like a more reasonable time for that debut as Gurley will get another week to take reps with the first team and continue to get into football shape.

After Sunday's game, Fisher didn't make any promises.

"Todd is going to be week-to-week now," Fisher said. "I thought he had a great week and we just didn’t feel good about today, so we’ll wait and see how things go next week."